Look out for your polling card

Polling cards will be arriving through residents' letterboxes in South Somerset over the next couple of days for all those eligible to vote at the forthcoming local Somerset County Council elections on 4 May.

Your poll card details where your polling station is and also how you can make arrangements for a postal or proxy vote. Anyone can apply for a postal vote, whatever their reason, so long as they submit an application form to the Electoral Registration Office before 5pm on Tuesday, 18 April. The deadline for a proxy vote application is 5pm on Tuesday, 25 April.

Postal vote packs will be sent out from Thursday 20 April to those residents who have applied to vote by post.

If you don't receive your polling card in the coming days, you should check that you are actually on the Electoral Register by contacting the local Electoral Registration Office on 01935 462462. The deadline for registration is midnight on 13 April.

Ian Clarke, Electoral Registration Officer for South Somerset District Council said, "We hopefully are able to provide a convenient way for anyone to place their vote whether it be postal, proxy (someone who votes on your behalf) or, indeed, by coming along to your nearest polling station. The council aims to provide as much assistance as possible to the people of South Somerset to enable everyone to cast their vote.

"If you don't receive your polling card or have any queries about how to vote, then please contact the Electoral Registration Office."

If you are not registered to vote, you can do so by visiting www.gov.uk/register-to-vote before the deadline on midnight, Thursday 13 April.