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Voters urged to send back their postal vote

Press release   •   Oct 03, 2014 10:47 BST

With less than a week to go until voters in the Heywood and Middleton constituency go to the polls in a by-election on October 9, we are urging those who have registered for a postal vote to send it back as soon as possible.

The elections team at Rochdale Borough Council has sent out 9,925 postal votes.

The deadline has already passed to apply for a postal vote but, if electors haven’t received their postal pack by 3 October, they can request a replacement up until 5 pm polling day. Postal packs must be returned by 10pm on Election Day and can be returned to any polling station; however, voters should try to get them sent back as soon as possible.

Linda Fisher, Acting Returning Officer and Acting Chief Executive at Rochdale Borough Council, said: “Due to the new verification process it really helps to get postal votes sent back as soon as possible, preferably by Wednesday and not to leave it until the last minute.

“In Scotland, 85 per cent of the electorate felt strongly enough to vote in the referendum and it would be great to see a high turnout in Heywood and Middleton, so get your postal vote sent back in plenty of time to ensure that you get your say on the issues that matter in your community.”

Voters are due to go to the polls in Heywood and Middleton to find an MP following the sudden death of MP Jim Dobbin last month. The constituency includes Castleton, Bamford and Norden wards as well as those in Heywood and Middleton.

Votes can also be cast at polling stations from 7am to 10pm on Election Day and following this ballot boxes will be taken to Heywood Sports Village to count and the result announced in the early hours of Friday October 10.

For further information,or to request a replacement postal pack call 0300 303 0345 or visit .

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