Will you be able to vote on election day in Rochford?
16th April 2013
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Hundreds of people in the Rochford District could miss their chance to vote in local elections this May if they don’t take action now, Rochford District Council’s Returning Officer Paul Warren has warned.

“Thursday 2 May is the chance for residents to have their say at local authority elections”, explains Mr Warren. “We want everyone eligible to vote to be able to do so. “Anyone who has moved house in the past few months needs to register with their new address. “We’re also keen for anyone turning 18 on or before 2 May to make sure they are registered, so they can vote for the first time.”

The deadline to register is Wednesday 17 April. Call the Elections Office at Rochford District Council on 01702 318187 to order a registration form, or you can print one off from www.aboutmyvote.co.uk

Samantha Mills, Head of Campaigns at the Electoral Commission, the independent elections watchdog, points out that that many people may be planning holidays in May: “If you are going to be away, you can ask to vote by post, or by proxy. You’ll find more details on www.aboutmyvote.co.uk  It’s your vote - don’t lose this chance to use it,” she urges.

On 2 May there will be elections for both Essex County Council and Rochford District Council. There are five Essex County Council electoral areas within the Rochford District. These areas are known as Divisions and one Councillor represents each area.

The five Divisions in Rochford District are:

  • - Rayleigh North 
  • - Rayleigh South 
  • - Rochford North 
  • - Rochford South 
  • - Rochford West 

As well as elections for County Divisions, there are also two District elections being held on 2 May to elect new Members to sit on Rochford District Council.

These will be in the following wards:

  • - Hawkwell North 
  • - Whitehouse 

All the candidates standing in the Essex County Council and Rochford District elections can now be found here: http://www.rochford.gov.uk/council_and_democracy/elections/essex-county-council-elections-2013

The deadline to register and to apply for a postal vote is Wednesday 17 April and for a proxy vote, Wednesday 24 April.

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