If you have applied for a postal vote for the upcoming council elections on 6th May, you should receive your ballot paper soon. With these being the first elections since 2019, due to the pandemic, we all need to make sure our voices are heard. It’s time for a change in Shepway. Please see below for a guide on how to vote by post.
Voting for Maureen Cleator will allow Labour a bigger voice in our local council. Maureen has pledged, if elected, that she will:
TACKLE CRIME AND ANTI SOCIAL BEHAVIOUR
Partner with police, community groups & local people to tackle crime, nuisance behaviour & their causes.
HOLD REGULAR SURGERIES
I will hold regular monthly surgeries in addition to being contactable by phone & email to ensure your voice is heard.
PROTECT & IMPROVE LOCAL AMENITIES
Champion a high standard of community services including youth services working with local residents to campaign for better facilities & community improvements
STAND UP FOR ALL
I will represent ALL the different sectors of the community whether you are in Shepway, Senacre, Willington Street, or Sutton Road.
I am committed to working with agencies, council officers and all relevant parties to get Shepway South the services it needs.
A vote for Labour will be a vote for change in Shepway.
POSTAL VOTE GUIDE
When you will receive your ballot paper
After the deadline to become a candidate has passed (approximately three weeks before polling day), ballot papers are produced and printed. Yours will then be sent to you, in your postal voting pack.
Once you receive your postal voting pack, make sure to keep it somewhere safe. Don’t let anyone else handle it and avoid leaving it where someone else could pick it up.
How to vote by post
When you receive your postal voting pack, check the contents carefully. Inside your postal voting pack, there should be:
- instructions about how to cast your vote and how to return the postal vote pack
- a postal vote statement
- two envelopes
- the ballot paper or papers for the elections taking place
Complete the postal vote statement carefully following the instructions.
Read the instructions on the ballot paper carefully. Some elections use different voting methods, so you need to make sure you fill in each ballot paper correctly.
Complete your ballot paper. Make sure you do it alone and in secret. Don’t write anything else on the paper, or your vote may not be counted.
Put your ballot paper in the smaller envelope.
Put your postal vote statement and the envelope containing your ballot paper in the bigger envelope, and seal it all up. Make sure the return address is clear.
Put your postal vote somewhere safe until you’re ready to post it.
Returning your postal vote
As soon as you’re ready to return your postal vote, take it to the post box yourself.
If you can’t post it yourself, you can either ask someone you know and trust to post it for you, or you can contact the elections team at your local council to ask if they can collect it from you.
Avoid asking a candidate or party worker to post it for you. This is against their code of conduct.
Your postal vote needs to be with the elections team at your local council by 10pm on polling day to be counted.
If you can’t post your postal vote pack in time, you can take it your polling station or to your local council on polling day.