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The perils of a December election

December 1, 2019 7:52 AM
By WC

It's not something the PM will have thought about, but a mid-winter election causes all sorts of logistical problems for the people who actually have to organise it. If the weather decides to do what it's allowed to do at this time of year and gets wintry, then it could be problematical for voters as well.

Deadines for registration and for postal votes have passed, and you have until 5pm on 4 December to apply for a proxy vote.

The polls will be open from 7am until 10pm on 12 December. The votes will be counted at County Hall, Trowbridge (South West Wiltshire constituency); Five Rivers Health and Wellbeing Centre, Salisbury (Devizes and Salisbury constituencies); and The Olympiad, Chippenham (North Wiltshire and Chippenham constituencies).

Wiltshire's Returning Officer, Carlton Brand, said: "My team are pulling out all the stops and will work round the clock to make sure we're ready for 12 December. Running an election of this scale for mid-December will be new territory for elections teams up and down the country, but we have contingency plans in place to deal with any weather issues and make sure that people are safe when they go out and vote."

Customer queries will increase considerably during the build up to the election and people are asked to be patient if they phone the council, and to instead seek any information on the Wiltshire Council website.

For more information, visit http://www.wiltshire.gov.uk/elections-general