As more than 20,000 postal voting packs start dropping through letter boxes across Caerphilly County Borough, postal voters are being reminded to read the instructions carefully when casting their vote.
When voting by post, 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.
Anthony O’Sullivan, Chief Executive and Returning Officer for Caerphilly County Borough Council 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 May 5.”
For more information, please contact Caerphilly County Borough Council’s Electoral Services team on01443 864405.
The Electoral Commission, the independent elections and referendum watchdog, has sent every household in Wales an information booklet on the election and the referendum. Anyone who has not received a booklet can download it atwww.aboutmyvote.co.uk or call 0800 3 280 280.