Bolton Council is reminding residents that the deadline for applying for a postal vote in this year’s local elections is Tuesday April 19 at 5pm.
The postal vote applications must be received by the Elections Office on 2nd Floor, Wellsprings or be placed in the Applications Box at the One Stop Shop Reception in the Town Hall by this time and date.
Voters go to the polls on Thursday 5th May and candidates will be fighting for 20 Bolton Council seats. Postal votes will be posted to electors by first class post on 22nd April and postal voters have up until 10pm on Thursday 5th May to return them to the council, either by post before election day or by delivering them to the council or a polling station in their ward on election day.
No reason need be given as to why an elector requires a postal vote, but they can be useful for a variety of situations including for those not in the area on the day of the election or for those unable to visit a polling station due to disability or illness.
Applications for a postal vote must be made in writing and a form for applying can be found on the council's website.
The council is also reminding those who are not on the electoral register but want to vote in this year’s election that the final date to apply to be on the register is Monday April 18. Anyone who wants to have their name added to the register can apply on-line at www.gov.uk/register-to-vote.
Alternatively, registration forms and postal vote applications are available from the Council by ringing 01204 338024.