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f you are not going to be able to cast your vote in person at your polling station in the forthcoming elections you could apply for a postal or a proxy vote.
Most people living in the Peterborough City Council area, who will be 18 on polling day - 7 May 2015 - who is already on the electoral register, will be able to vote in either the local and parliamentary elections or both.
However, if you are not able to get to your polling station because you are going to be away, or you cannot get there for medical reasons on that day you could apply for a postal vote or a proxy vote. To be able to vote by post you must first be registered to vote.
Postal vote application forms are available to download on the city council's website or by calling 01733 452249.
After completing the form, you'll need to print it, sign it, and send it back to Peterborough City Council , Electoral Registration Officer , Electoral Services , Bridge Street, Town Hall , Peterborough , PE1 1GF.
You need to sign your application form personally because the electoral registration office needs a copy of your signature for voting security reasons. This helps to ensure the security of your vote and is used to tackle electoral fraud.
Voting by proxy is another convenient way of voting if you are unable to get to the polling station. By proxy just means that you appoint someone you trust to vote on your behalf.
Voting by proxy can be useful if you fall ill and are unable to get to the polling station on election day, or if you are abroad during an election.
It can be particularly useful if you are overseas in a country too far away to send back a postal vote in time for the election (for instance, if you are in the military and deployed overseas).
When you apply for a proxy vote you have to provide a reason. You can apply for a proxy vote if:
With the exception of those who are registered blind, you may have to get someone to support your application to confirm that your reason for applying to vote by proxy is valid.
To vote by proxy, you'll need to fill in an application form which you can download from the council's website at www.peterborough.gov.uk or call 01733 452249.
You'll need to print the form and complete it, then sign it, and return it to Peterborough City Council , Electoral Registration Officer, Electoral Services, Bridge Street, Town Hall, Peterborough, PE1 1GF.
You need to sign your application form personally.
Twenty seats in 19 wards will be contested in Peterborough City Council elections on Thursday 7 May 2015.
In addition, there will be parliamentary elections on the same date.
The deadline to submit new applications to vote is 20 April 2015.
New applications to vote by post, or cancel or change an existing postal vote, must be made by 21 April 2015 at 5pm. Applications to vote by proxy must be made by 28 April 2015 at 5pm.