Do not throw away your chance to vote

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BIN lorries in south Northants will be warning tax payers not to waste their vote during next months local elections and referendum.

Household waste lorries have been travelling the district as part of their normal collections with bill boards reminding voters about the May election and the simple message, ‘Use you vote, don’t waste it!’

On Thursday, May 5 some will be asked to cast three votes each, one to elect a representative for their parish or town council, one for their district council and everyone will be asked to vote on the referendum for electoral change and the proposed move to an alternative vote system.

The referendum ballot box will be at every polling station, and every eligible voter will be given a light grey ballot paper where they will vote either ‘Yes’ or ‘No’ to: “At present, the UK uses the ’first past the post’ system to elect MPs to the House of Commons. Should the ‘alternative vote’ system be used instead?”

Polling stations will be open from 7am to 10pm, and every resident should have received a card with details of which polling station they should attend. Staff will not be allowed to give anyone ballot papers after 10pm. Postal voters are reminded that their votes must be received by 10pm on Election Day.

Anyone who has not received a polling card should call the electoral services team on 01327 322128.