AS LOCAL elections are still due to go ahead in May, residents across the borough are being encouraged to apply for a postal vote now.
On Thursday, May 6, residents will go to the polls to cast their vote in the County Council elections, Police and Crime Commissioner elections as well as for two Barrow Borough Council wards - Hindpool and Roosecote.
Councillor Ann Thomson, Barrow Borough Council leader, is urging anyone who may be worried about casting a vote in-person following a year of coronavirus restrictions to instead apply for a postal vote.
She said: “We are committed to ensuring our residents can exercise their right to vote in a safe manner by putting all the safety precautions in place.
“However, I understand that some people may not wish to visit the polling stations during this time, although they will open and made COVID safe. In this case, I’d really recommend they apply for a postal vote now so they can still have their say without visiting a polling station.
“It’s crucial that people vote in these elections and we want to make sure that everyone who is registered can do so in the safest and most convenient way possible.”
The deadline to apply for a postal vote is by 5 pm, Tuesday, April 20.
To apply for a postal vote residents need to contact Barrow Borough Council for a form, complete and return it by the above closing date. The form is available by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or phoning 01229 876318. If you already have a postal vote in place you do not need to reapply.
Alternatively, voters can visit the government webpage https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/apply-for-a-postal-vote and download the form which should be completed and returned to the Electoral Services Office, Barrow Borough Council, Town Hall, Barrow-in-Furness LA14 2LD
Anyone who is not registered to vote or has recently moved to the area must register by Monday, April 19. For more information visit: https://www.barrowbc.gov.uk/the-council/elections/how-to-register-to-vote/.