Don’t forget to register to vote to have your say in local elections

On 6 May residents will be voting for who should represent them in the County, District, Parish and Police and Crime Commissioner elections. There is also the referendum on the Caterham, Chaldon and Whyteleafe Neighbourhood Plan.

With less than a month to go, we wanted to remind you of some key dates.

Are you registered to vote?

To be able to have your say on 6 May you must be registered to vote. If you haven’t already registered, you need to do so by 11:59pm on 19 April. You can register online or complete a paper form.

Our polling stations will be safe places to vote, but there are other ways to vote if you can’t vote in person or would prefer not to.

Voting by post

If you want to vote by post, you must submit a postal vote application and your application must be received before 5pm on Tuesday 20 April.

Royal Mail has introduced 35,000 Priority Post Boxes to help with postal votes. These post boxes were originally introduced to help with delivery of Covid-19 testing kits, but are now being made available to help residents voting by post.

They have later collection times than normal, including collections between 3pm and 5pm on Saturday and Sundays. You can find details of your nearest priority post box on Royal Mail’s website.

Voting by proxy

If you can’t get to a polling station on voting day, you can get someone to vote for you. This is called a proxy vote. If you want to vote by proxy, you must submit a proxy vote application and your application must be received before 5pm on Tuesday 27 April.

Up to date information about all the elections can be found on our website.

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