The deadline for registering to vote in the 6 May elections is fast approaching.
Those not already registered have until Monday 19 April at 11:59pm to register to vote. Voters have a range of options for casting their ballots – in person, by post or by appointing someone they trust to vote in their place, known as a proxy vote. The deadline to apply for a postal vote is 5pm on 20 April, and for a proxy vote the deadline is 5pm on 27 April. For more information visit the Electoral Commission website, email the Oxford City Elections Team, or phone 01865249811.
The elections on 6 May are an opportunity to vote on Oxford City Council, Oxfordshire County Council, and the Thames Valley Police and Crime Commissioner. There will also be a poll in the relevant area for the Wolvercote Neighbourhood Plan.
“I want to make sure no one misses out on their democratic right to vote. Time is running out to make sure you can take part in these elections. They are an opportunity to make your voice heard and have a say on who represents you on issues that directly affect day-to-day life in Oxford and Oxfordshire. But if you’re not registered by 19 April, you won’t be able to vote.
“If you have recently turned 18 or moved home, it is particularly important that you act to ensure that you are registered to vote. If you were registered to vote in the last election and your details have not changed, you don’t need to take any action. If you’re in any doubt, you can check with Oxford City Council. Email the Elections Office or phone 01865249811.”
Susan Sale, Returning Officer for Oxford City
For those who choose to vote in person, Oxford City Council is making sure that all polling stations will be safe places on 6 May. The Council is taking extra measures to ensure that social distancing is maintained in polling stations as well as installing hand sanitisers and carrying out additional cleaning.
If you plan to attend a polling station in person on 6 May to cast a vote, and you, or someone in your household, has tested positive for coronavirus or has symptoms, please do not come to the polling station. Instead contact the Elections Office at Oxford City Council as early as possible in the day. They may be able to make emergency arrangements for you to vote by proxy.
For information on elections in their area, how to register to vote, or how to apply to vote by post or by proxy, voters can visit the Electoral Commission website.