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Polling stations and postal/proxy voting

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Published: Thursday, 21st November 2019

Election staff at the Borough Council of King's Lynn & West Norfolk are keen to ensure that people are checking their poll cards to see if their polling station has changed.

They are encouraging people to register for a postal vote if they think they will be unable to make it to the polling station on election day.

Andrew Barrett, Electoral Services Manager, explained: "We have nearly 100 polling stations in the borough and only three have been changed to places we have not previously used."

These are:
  • Windsor Park, King’s Lynn, PE30 5PW, replacing Goodwins Hall
  • Dersingham Village Centre, 83 Manor Road, PE31 6LN, replacing St Cecilia’s Catholic Church
  • South Wootton Infant School, 9 Church Lane, PE30 3LJ, replacing South Wootton Village Hall (for this election only as no other venue of sufficient size could be found to accommodate the parish’s nearly 3000 electors).
These sites have been chosen as they all are very close to the original venues.
 
There are also changes at two previously used locations. All of North Lynn will now be voting at the Discovery Centre and Old Hunstanton electors will be voting at Holme. Both these changes are permanent. Additionally the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints has been retained as the permanent polling station for Reffley.

Andrew Barrett, Electoral Services Manager, said: “Given the short notice of the election, the proximity to Christmas and the size of the borough, we are really pleased that we have been able to retain most of our usual polling stations and we are grateful to everyone who has helped us achieve this."

For anyone who thinks they might not be able to get to their polling station there is still time to register to vote by post or apply for a proxy vote.  The deadline for registrations and postal applications is Tuesday 26 November and the deadline for proxy applications is Wednesday 4 December. Information on how to apply is available online at west-norfolk.gov.uk/election2019.

Andrew Barrett continues: “If people do apply for a postal vote, it is vital that they return their vote as soon as possible as there will be increased pressure on the postal service given the time of year. If anyone is worried they won't get it posted back in time, they can drop it into the main King's Court Offices as long as it arrives before 10pm on the day of the election.”

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