With the general election coming up in December, the deadline is approaching fast for County Durham residents who need to apply for a postal vote or who are not on the electoral register.

Postal votes can be useful for anyone who might have difficulty getting to a polling station. This could include people with disabilities, those who might struggle with bad weather or those who might have different plans on election day, which will be Thursday, December 12th.

All applications for postal votes must be submitted by 5.00 pm on Tuesday 26th November.

If your circumstances have changed – for example, if you have moved house – and you would like to keep your postal vote, you also need to let Durham County Council’s Electoral Services Team know by the same deadline.

In addition, Tuesday 26th November is the deadline for those who still need to get themselves on the electoral register. Anybody who would like to vote in the upcoming election must ensure that they are registered by this date.

All those who are on the electoral register should have been sent their polling cards by now.

If you are on the electoral register but have not yet received your polling card, you should contact the Electoral Services Team as soon as possible. You should also contact the team if you would like to apply for a postal or proxy vote or would like to put yourself on the electoral register.

You can contact Durham County Council’s Electoral Services Team by emailing electoralservices@durham.gov.uk or by telephoning 03000 261 212.

(This article’s featured image is courtesy of Scouse Smurf, from Flickr Creative Commons.)


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