A RECORD number of people in the Wyre Forest have requested postal votes for the upcoming election on May 6.

Almost 18 percent of people on the electoral register have requested a postal vote which is up from 15 percent in the last 2019 local election.

Ian Miller, electoral registration and returning officer said: “If you have a postal vote please return it as soon as possible - we must receive it before 10pm on 6 May. So far we’ve had around 14% of postal votes returned. If you don’t manage to post it in time you can hand in completed postal ballot packs to your normal polling station. We are doing all we can to make sure our polling stations are as Covid safe as possible for those people who are voting in person. Social distancing requirements will mean that polling stations will operate differently and it may take longer for you to vote.”

Voters will be able to have their say in the Worcestershire County Council election and the West Mercia Police and Crime Commissioner election on May 6.

Along with Kidderminster residents casting their votes for Kidderminster Town Council.

There is also one vacant seat on Bewdley Town Council in the Bewdley West Ward

The polling stations for the election will be open between 7am and 10pm.