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Alfie is star of voter ID campaign!

Published: Thursday, 28th March 2019

Photo of West Highland terrier Alfie, star of Pendle's Voter ID campaign pictured outside Colne Town Hall

Alfie, star of Pendle's Voter ID campaign ahead of the local elections.

Alfie the West Highland terrier is starring in Pendle’s Voter ID campaign, ahead of the local elections on Thursday 2nd May!

Wearing an eye-catching knitted coat in the national Voter ID campaign colours, he’ll be meeting and greeting voters in Pendle from this week.

Alfie belongs to Sarah Waterworth from Pendle Council and she’s working on this year’s Voter ID election pilot.  She said: 
“He’s a friendly dog and very approachable, so he was the ideal candidate to get the message across!

“He’ll be helping us remind people that they MUST bring photo ID to vote in this year’s elections,” she said.

Kath Edmundson, who’s also part of the Elections Team,  volunteered to knit  Alfie’s coat at home.
Kath said:“We’ll be out and about with Alfie handing out leaflets which show which photo ID will be accepted.

“Even if your photo ID has expired, or has the wrong address on it, it can still be used,” she explained.
“The ID just has to have a photo that looks like the voter,” said Kath.

Details of photo id which will be accepted at the elections for borough, parish and town councillors are also on Pendle Council’s website www.pendle.gov.uk/voterID

“Anyone who hasn’t got one of the approved forms of photo ID can apply for a free Local Electoral Card online at www.pendle.gov.uk/voterID ,” said Kath.

Voters without photo ID can also come in person to collect and complete a form from Nelson Town Hall.

The Elections Team can post forms out, call 01282 661201 or people can email elections@pendle.gov.uk

Alfie’s walkabouts include places where Pendle Council is running Voter ID roadshows.  These are taking place on: 
Fri 29 March 11am – 2pm              Sainsbury’s Colne                            
Sat 30 March 10am – 12 noon      Co-op Barnoldswick                                        
Weds 3 April 11am – 2pm              Barrowford Holmefield House & ASDA Colne      
Thurs 4 April 11am – 2pm              Colne Town Hall                                                                
Fri 5 April 11am – 2pm                   Booths, Barrowford                                                        
Tues 9 April 1pm – 3pm                 Civic Hall, Barnoldswick                                                  
Weds 10 April 11am – 2pm            Aldi, Barnoldswick & New Road Community Centre, Earby
                                                                 
Philip Mousdale, Pendle Council’s Corporate Director and Returning Officer for the election said:
“If you have any questions about the Voter ID pilot or want to apply for a Local Electoral Card, come and see us.

“We’ll be able to take your photograph and help you with the application form.”

He added: “Poll cards are being delivered to registered voters this week so please look out for your card.
“And don’t forget you have until midnight on 12 April to apply to register to vote if you haven’t already,” he said.
“It can be done online at www.gov.uk/register-to-vote and takes just five minutes,” he said.