Woking residents encouraged to use their right to vote

09 April 2014

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Woking residents who want to have a say on important issues that affect the place where they live are being encouraged to use their right to vote on Election Day, on Thursday 22 May 2014.

This year, there will be elections to the European Parliament and for 12 wards in Woking; Byfleet, Goldsworth East, Goldsworth West, Hermitage and Knaphill South, Horsell West, Knaphill, Maybury and Sheerwater, Mayford and Sutton Green, Mount Hermon East, Mount Hermon West, St Johns and Hook Heath and West Byfleet.

The Borough Council is keen to stress that people need to be on the Electoral Register to secure their right to vote. People who are unsure of whether they are on the Electoral Register, should call Woking Borough Council's Elections Team on 01483 755855. Anyone who is not currently on the register will need to complete a voter registration form and return it to the Civic Offices as soon as possible, but no later than Tuesday 6 May 2014.

People who are eligible to vote, but who are unable to get to a polling station on Thursday 22 May, can arrange to have either a postal vote or proxy vote. A proxy vote is where someone else is able to vote on behalf of an individual.

Applications for new postal votes, and applications to make amendments to existing postal vote arrangements, should be completed as soon as possible and no later than 5pm, Wednesday 7 May 2014.

The deadline to nominate a proxy is 5pm, Wednesday 14 May 2014.

Speaking about the forthcoming election, Ray Morgan, Woking's Returning Officer for the Borough and European elections, said: "Across the world, people are fighting to have a say in the way their countries are run and organised, and is appropriate to remind people of the value of democracy which we tend to take for granted. I would therefore encourage local people to join the Electoral Register and take the time to vote on Election Day in the Borough and European elections."

For further information, or to obtain a voter registration form, a postal or a proxy vote application form, please contact the Elections Team on 01483 755855, email elections@woking.gov.uk or visit www.woking.gov.uk