Voting forms set to be posted out

RESIDENTS are being urged to keep an eye out for the postman as voting forms are sent out by the council.

Some 6,699 postal voters in Hartlepool will receive a form through the post in the next few days and – householders are being urged to return it straight away if they want to continue voting by post.

Every five years, postal voters must provide a fresh signature and confirmation of their date of birth which means it is now time for the 6,699 voters who last provided the information in 2007 to provide it again.

Hartlepool Borough Council is working with Electoral Reform Services to collect the information, which must be provided by law if people want to vote by post.

The next elections will take place in Hartlepool on Thursday May 3 when there will be “all-out” borough elections following the recent boundary review. A total of 33 councillor seats are being contested.

Joan Cook, the council’s registration officer, said: “It is important that people complete the form and send it back straight away to retain their right to vote by post.

“If people don’t return the form they will lose their entitlement to vote by post and would then have to vote in person at a polling station or make a new application to vote by post.”

For further information, contact the elections office on (01429) 523088.