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Use your vote on Thursday, 3 May 2018

30 April 2018

Image of a sign outside a polling station.

With Thursday, 3 May 2018 approaching there's just days to go until voters across the borough elect their councillors this week.

Everyone who registered will have already been sent a polling card containing details of their polling stations and when they can vote.  There are 161,912 registered voters in the borough and 25,035 postal votes have been issued.

Polling stations will be open on Thursday, 3 May 2018 from 7am until 10pm giving everyone the opportunity to take a few minutes to vote. Polling station staff will take names and addresses to check whether people are on the register before voters are given a ballot paper.

'Local government affects so much of people's lives and it's really important that we all take the time to vote'

Voting booths ensure votes are cast in private. Instructions should be read carefully as votes may not count if ballot papers are filled in incorrectly. Once the choice has been made, the ballot paper is put into a ballot box and all that's left is to wait for the results.

Image of volunteers counting votes. Postal voters, who will have received their forms by now, should return them promptly. Those who are unable to leave their homes to post the votes by themselves, because of health or mobility problems, can call us on 0300 303 0345 to have them collected.

To help the process run smoothly we're asking that all postal votes are returned as soon as possible, ideally so they arrive by Wednesday, 2 May 2018. However, they can be delivered in person to Number One Riverside, Smith Street, Rochdale or a polling station within your ward up until 10pm on Thursday, 3 May 2018 when polls close.

Our Elections Manager, Clare Poole. Our Elections Manager Clare Poole said:

"Local government affects so much of people's lives and it's really important that we all take the time to vote on Thursday. Whether you are voting in person or by post it's quick and easy. Your polling card will tell you the location of your polling station and you can also find more information on this website."