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Polling cards begin distribution

Polling cards will begin landing on doorsteps across Cherwell this week as the countdown begins to local and Police and Crime Commissioner elections in May.

From Tuesday 29th March Cherwell District Council will begin posting the poll cards to 107,947 registered voters providing details of their local polling station and this year’s elections on 5 May.

For those who have yet to register or who do not receive a polling card, time is running out to submit their details with less than one month to go until the registration deadline.

Sue Smith, Returning Officer for Cherwell, said:

“With six weeks to go until this year’s elections the countdown has now started with the distribution of polling cards. While it is not essential for people to keep these cards until polling day, it is important they check to see where their allocated polling station is as it may have changed from previous years.

“For those who do not receive a polling card it could be because they have missing or incomplete information on the electoral register. If they want to take part in this year’s local and Police and Crime Commissioner elections in May it’s vital they submit their details before 18 April or they could miss out on having their say.”

5th May election. Anyone who wishes to take part in this year’s elections will need to ensure they have registered to vote before Monday, 18 April

This year residents in Cherwell will be able to vote for a new Police and Crime Commissioner for Thames Valley Police who will be elected for four years to cut crime and deliver an effective and efficient police service within their force area.

In addition, this year the current make-up of Cherwell District Council will be disbanded and a new structure brought in. This follows an electoral review by the Local Government Boundary Commission for England which found some councillors were representing significantly more residents than others and so has redrawn the ward boundary lines to make it fairer for councillors and residents.

Currently Cherwell has 50 councillors representing 28 wards but from May the number of councillors will reduce to 48 and there will be just 16 wards. However, every ward will now be represented by three councillors.

Furthermore, depending upon where people live, they may also be eligible to take part in town or parish council elections.

It is a legal requirement to provide up to date details for the electoral register, even for those who do not wish to vote and failure to do so is punishable by a £1,000 fine.

Anyone who wishes to take part in this year’s elections will need to ensure they have registered to vote before Monday, 18 April at www.gov.uk/register-to-vote or call Cherwell District Council on 01295 227005.


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