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Make sure you can vote on May 5 and June 23

Fenland District Council is taking steps to encourage maximum participation in the two important polls coming up in the next few months - the election of a new Police and Crime Commissioner and the EU referendum.

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It wants to ensure that everyone who should be entitled to vote in them is able to do so.

The election of a new Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) for Cambridgeshire takes place on May 5. That will be followed on June 23 by the referendum on whether the United Kingdom should remain in the European Union or leave it.

Poll cards for the PCC election on May 5 will be sent out on various dates from March 30, depending on when electors have registered.

Poll cards for the EU referendum in June will be sent out from around May 18.

The deadline to register to vote in the PCC election is April 18; for the June election it is June 7. However, the council is advising anyone who has not already registered or provided documentary evidence to support their application to do so as soon as possible.

EU nationals will be eligible to vote in the PCC election on May 5 but not in the EU referendum on June 23.

To apply for a postal or proxy vote for the forthcoming polls electors should call the council's electoral services team on 01354 654321 or email Alternatively, they can download the forms from

Electors who have asked for a postal vote in all elections or for Parliamentary elections only will receive one for both the PCC and EU referendum polls.

The deadline to register for a postal vote is 11 working days before each election and for a proxy vote it is six days before. To vote by post or proxy an elector must first be registered. If you no longer wish to vote by post, you must cancel you postal vote in writing at least 11 working days before the election takes place.

For more information about elections in Fenland and the associated deadlines, visit

Article added March 21, 2016