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Have you (and your members) had their Euro ballot papers yet?

November 23, 2012 10:40 AM
By Mark Pack in Liberal Democrat Voice
Originally published by East Midlands Liberal Democrats

Whether it's a greater awareness of hiccups or whether there genuinely are more issues than in the past will be something that it is important to examine properly in due course (and kudos to Party President Tim Farron for responding so positively to the issues raised on social media during the committee contests).

In the meantime, an all-postal ballot of party members is currently under way to select Euro candidates in England. So if you've got your ballot paper and not yet posted it back, remember to do so.

The original deadline for returning ballots was Wednesday 28 November. However, a problem which resulted in around 550 party members being missed out by mistake from the original ballot mailings has been identified and ballot papers have been posted out to them by first class post earlier in the week (along with first class freepost return envelopes).

In addition, the return deadline for all ballots has been extended to noon, Friday 30 November.

If, even after those replacements, you are entitled to vote and haven't yet received your ballot paper (or are not sure if you should have), contact Returning.Officer@ibdems.org.uk ASAP so that any necessary replacements can be issued.

And whether or not if you have got your own ballot paper, if you are involved in local communications (e.g. you run your local party's email list for members or you are the local council group secretary), why not pass this information on to other members too? If there are people who haven't received ballot papers as yet but should have, it may just be that if you don't tell them, no-one will.