Election reminders for voters

VOTERS have been reminded on how to cast their nominations ahead of next week’s local elections.

Elections are being held in all wards across Hartlepool except Elwick, while a parish election in Greatham and a UK-wide referendum also takes place on Thursday, May 5.

Polling stations will be open from 7am–10pm, and all eligible residents have been sent cards with details of their local polling station.

Hartlepool Borough Council chiefs say it is helpful for people to take their poll card with them to the polling stations, though this is not essential and will not prevent a vote being made.

Polling station staff will distribute ballot papers for the local and parish elections, where appropriate, as well as a ballot paper for the UK-wide referendum.

Staff will not be allowed to hand out ballot papers after 10pm, so voters are urged arrive in good time.

The referendum is on the voting system used for elections to Parliament and the question being put to voters on Thursday 5 May is: “At present, the UK uses the ‘first past the post’ system to elect MPs to the House of Commons. Should the ‘alternative vote’ system be used instead?”

Anyone who applied for a postal vote needs to get it back to the Returning Officer by 10pm on Thursday, May 5. They can either be posted, dropped off at a polling station or at the Civic Centre, Victoria Road, Hartlepool.

For more information, visit www.aboutmyvote.co.uk