Over 5,500 people have already selected to vote by post in the forthcoming District Council and for some it is the first time they will have decided to vote this way.
To help those who are new to this type of voting, the Electoral Services team is giving the following advice as the election, on Thursday 5 May, gets closer:
* Ballot papers will be sent in the post. Remember, it may not be sent out until four working days before Election Day. If it does not arrive by this time, contact the electoral registration office for a replacement ballot paper. This must be done by 5pm on election day.
* Voters will need to give their date of birth and signature on their postal vote. This information is needed to tackle fraud.
* Please make sure the postal vote arrives back by election day, otherwise it will not be counted. A Freepost envelope is included in the postal ballot pack.
* If it is too late to send the postal vote back by post, you can hand it in on election day to the returning officer at the District Council or drop it off at a polling station in the relevant ward.
* All postal votes will be mixed with all the others before counting begins, so votes will be kept secret.
Should anyone wish to vote by post or amend an existing postal vote application, they need to submit an application form by 5pm on Thursday 14 April to be eligible - these forms are available on: www.electoralcommission.org.uk.
John Hill, Returning Officer, said: “Voting is the most important way to make your voice heard on the issues that concern you. At the last district election there was a turnout of 36.4 per cent - this is a figure which we hope can increased this year. We hope that by offering services such as postal voting we can increase the number of people who vote and we are happy to help anyone has any queries.”
If anyone would like any further information about postal votes or voting in the general at the please email firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone 01353 665555 and ask for the Electoral Services team.
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For further information contact Tony Taylorson in the Communications Team on 01223 699285.