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Deadline to register for postal vote in the May local council elections nears

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The countdown is on for the May local District, Town & Parish Council elections, with the voter registration deadline having now past and the deadline to register for a postal vote just around the corner.

On Thursday 2 May, voters in South Somerset will go to the polls to vote for the person(s) they wish to represent them at South Somerset District Council. At the same time, Town & Parish Council elections will also be taking place.

District Councillors play an important part of ensuring their community""s needs are met by making sure that the council aims to work closely with its communities to improve the quality of life for all its resident. Councillors give attention to a wide range of issues when making decisions, the environment, prosperity, equalities and social inclusion.

You can apply to vote by post, but this must be done by 5pm on Monday 15 April.

How do I apply to vote by post?

To apply to vote by post, you should download and complete the form from the Your Vote Matters website. After completing the form, you""ll need to print it, sign it, and send it back to the Electoral Registration Office (The Returning Officer, South Somerset District Council, The Council Offices, Brympton Way, Yeovil, Somerset, BA20 2HT) before the deadline.

When will I receive my ballot papers?

Postal ballots are being sent out to postal voters between Wednesday 17 April and Tuesday 22 April.

When do I need to return my postal vote by?

Once you""ve got it, mark your vote on the ballot paper and make sure you send it back so that it arrives by 10pm on Election Day. If it arrives later than this, your vote won""t be counted. You can hand your postal ballot in at your local council on the day if you’re not able to send it back by post in advance. You can also hand your postal vote in to any Polling Station on Election Day.

Local government elections select councillors who are responsible for making decisions on running key services in your local area including planning, housing, parks, waste management and leisure. There are 60 seats at South Somerset District Council, all of which represent wards within South Somerset.

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