Call for absent voters to have their say

Ballot box
Ballot box

Northumberland County Council is calling on people to act now and apply for a proxy vote if they are going to be away, or are unable to vote in person, for the General Election.

The proxy vote – where you get a friend or relative to vote on your behalf – is particularly useful if you are unable to get to your polling station, if, for example, you are disabled, you live in a residential care home, you will be away working or away on holiday on Thursday, May 7.

However, you will have to hurry. Before polling day, there are statutory deadlines in the election process that the council must comply with and the deadline to apply for a proxy vote is 5pm next Tuesday (April 28).

Angus Taylor, electoral services manager at Northumberland County Council, said: “We are fortunate to live in a democracy, we all have the right to vote and we should all try and use it. We urge those who are unable to attend a polling station on May 7 to still exercise their right to vote by taking advantage of the proxy voting system.”

“It only takes a few minutes to apply, so even if you’re heading off on holiday or if you are unable to attend your local polling station on polling day you can still have your vote.”

If you would like to apply for a proxy vote, email with your full name and address. If you live in Northumberland and have any queries regarding electoral registration, ring the elections office on 01670 624811.