Don't forget to post your postal vote

23 May 2017

With just over two weeks to go until the UK Parliamentary General Election, postal voters are being  urged not to leave it until the last minute before returning their ballot papers.

With the first batch of postal votes  delivered  this week, Northumberland County Council elections manager, Will Booth is asking voters to try and post their vote back in good time.

“ We all lead busy lives and it is easy  to put your vote to one side and forget to return it.” he said.  “ If you are voting by post and already know the candidate you wish to vote for, please post your vote back to us as soon as you can.

“ There are around 55,000 postal voters across the county and around 90 per cent of these will use their vote. Each pack returned goes through a vigorous checking process to ensure the system is absolutely secure. Prompt return is an enormous help to our election team who check each returned postal ballot pack separately.”

Postal votes are  being released to Northumberland residents in two batches.  If your postal vote application was received and processed on, or before,  April 28,  your ballot pack was  released to Royal Mail on 22 May 2017 and you will receive it a couple of days later. If your application for a postal vote is  processed between April 28 and May 23, your postal ballot pack will be  released to Royal Mail on 30 May 2017 and you will receive it a  couple of days after this date.

If you do think you might have left it too late, and your vote won't arrive in time if you post it, don’t panic. You  can take your postal vote to a  polling station in the constituency in which you live,  on the day of the election, right up until the time when polling closes at 10pm. Please treat this as a last resort.

If you have registered to vote by post and don’t receive your postal vote by June 3, you should immediately contact  Northumberland County Council’s election team  on 01670 624811 or email elections@northumberland.gov.uk