As just over 12,000 electors across the Carlisle area start to receive postal voting packs, postal voters are being reminded to read the instructions carefully when casting their vote otherwise their vote might not be counted.
When voting by post in this May’s Local Elections, voters need to fill in a form accompanying their ballot paper, giving their signature and date of birth. As a security measure, these are matched against the signature and date of birth the voter provided when they applied to vote by post.
In Carlisle’s Belle Vue and Yewdale wards, voters will receive separate postal vote packs - one with their vote for the County Council Election and one for a City Council By-Election.
Dr Jason Gooding, Carlisle City Council’s Chief Executive, said:
“Postal voting is growing in popularity as a convenient way to have your say. But at every election, some postal votes are invalid, because the voter either forgot to sign the postal voting statement or wrote down the date they filled it in, rather than their date of birth.
“We’ve provided a guide to completing your postal ballot in your pack, so please do take the time to read it and provide the right information so that we can count your vote. We need to receive your postal votes before polls close at 10pm on Thursday, 4 May.”
- In addition to Cumbria County Council Elections, Carlisle City Council By-Elections will be held in: Belle Vue and Yewdale wards.
- The official Notice of Election for the Local Elections was published on Thursday 23 March 2017. Candidates had until 4pm on Tuesday, 4 April to submit their nominations.
- More information is available at www.carlisle.gov.uk/elections