Rugby voters urged to decide how they will cast their ballots - The Rugby Observer

Rugby voters urged to decide how they will cast their ballots

VOTERS in Rugby have been urged to decide how they will be casting their ballots at July’s general election – the first since new voting rules were introduced.

Rugby Borough Council has launched an ‘Are You General Election Ready?’ campaign to raise awareness of the changes and make sure voters know the deadlines ahead of polling day on July 4.

Voters can choose to vote at a polling station, by post or by proxy at the election.

All voters must be registered to vote by midnight on Tuesday June 18.

To vote by post for the first time, residents must apply for a postal vote by 5pm on Wednesday June 19.

Those planning to vote by proxy for the first time must apply for a proxy vote by 5pm on June 26.

And anyone planning to vote at a polling station who has no valid photo ID must apply for a free Voter Authority Certificate (VAC) no later than 5pm on Wednesday June 26.

Aftab Razzaq, Returning Officer for Rugby, urged voters to decide how to vote now so applications could be processed in plenty of time before polling day.

He said: “For voters who have booked a summer holiday when the general election takes place, a postal vote should be a consideration, likewise for students who have returned to Rugby from university but remain registered to vote in the town or city where they study.

“If you intend to vote at a polling station, now’s the time to check whether you own a valid form of photo ID and, if not, apply for a free Voter Authority Certificate to make sure you’re ready to vote on polling day.”

The need to produce photo ID in order to vote at a polling station was one of the changes to voting introduced by the Elections Act 2022.

Other changes include a requirement for postal voters to sign a return form when hand-delivering postal votes to the Town Hall or a polling station.

Failure to complete the form means the vote cannot be included in the election count.

A limit on the number of postal votes which can be hand-delivered by a single voter has also been introduced, with a voter now only allowed to hand-deliver a maximum of six postal votes.

Changes to proxy voting mean a registered voter can act as a proxy for a maximum of two people who live in the UK or, if acting as a proxy for overseas voters, up to four people – but only two of those four can live in the UK.

The Elections Act 2022 also introduced a number of changes to the rules on voting from overseas, including the removal of the 15-year limit on voting rights for British citizens living overseas, which means all British citizens living abroad can now vote in UK parliamentary elections.

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