What voters need to know for Thursday 5 May

Press Release: 26/04/2011

Voting Slip

With district and parish council elections, and a UK-wide referendum - all on Thursday 5 May - Winchester City Council is reminding voters in the Winchester District what they need to know to have their say on polling day:

  • Polling stations will be open from 7am – 10pm.  You should have received a poll card with details of your local polling station.  If not, please call: 01962 848 154
  • When voting at a polling station, it’s helpful to take your poll card with you.  But if you don’t have it, don’t let that stop you – you can still vote provided your name is on the electoral register.
  • Polling station staff will give you ballot papers for the Winchester City Council election and a Parish Council election (where these are being held), and if you are eligible to vote in the UK-wide referendum a ballot paper for that too. Staff will not be able to give you ballot papers after 10pm, so do arrive in good time.
  • The referendum is on the voting system used for elections to the UK Parliament and the question being put to voters on Thursday 5 May is: “At present, the UK uses the ’first past the post’ system to elect MPs to the House of Commons. Should the ‘alternative vote’ system be used instead?”
  • If you vote by post, it needs to be received by the Returning Officer by 10pm on Thursday 5 May. If you have left it too late to post back, you can drop it off at your polling station or at Winchester City Council, City Offices, Colebrook Street, Winchester.

For more information, visit www.aboutmyvote.co.uk