Postal votes for the Peterborough City Council and parish elections on 3 May 2018 have now been dispatched.
The first batch of 20,000 ballot papers will enable people to vote by post in the local elections.
A selection of postal voters have been visited by council officers who have hand-delivered their voting pack and conducted a face to face survey to stress the importance of voting personally.
Postal votes should be returned immediately and must be received by 10pm on polling day, Thursday 3 May 2018. If they are returned later than this they will not be counted.
If you have applied for a postal vote it is important that you:
• Keep it in a safe place
• Do not let anyone else vote for you
• Do not give your ballot paper to anyone else
• Place the ballot paper in the envelope provided and seal the envelopes yourself
• Do not mix the contents with anyone else’s postal vote
• Return the statement with your date of birth and signature
• If possible take your postal vote to the post box yourself
You can hand in your completed postal vote pack at Town Hall reception, Bridge Street, Peterborough.
Alternatively you can take it to any polling station within your ward on polling day.
Returning Officer Gillian Beasley said: “If you have applied for a postal vote it is really important that only you should use it - it is your vote, no-one else's. If anybody tries to help you vote against your will or if anyone tries to force you to give them your postal vote, you should contact the police.
"We are working with the police to minimise the risks of election fraud in Peterborough and want to ensure everyone in the city is able to freely use their vote without fear or intimidation.”
Postal voters are required to provide their date of birth and signature on a postal voting statement when returning their postal ballot paper. The information provided will be subject to security checks against information already supplied by each elector. Voters may also be visited by council officers for a face to face survey about their vote.
By law, the returning officer is required to undertake personal identifier checks on every postal vote received. The city council has also held briefings with potential candidates and election agents and reminded them that they would be committing an offence if they seek to act as an intermediary in returning postal ballot papers on behalf of voters.
If your postal vote has not arrived in the post by the morning Friday, 27 April 2018 please call 01733 452249.
The city council has set up an election fraud hotline and anyone who has any concerns can report them by calling 01733 452277, email email@example.com or complete an online form on the city council's website. Any concerns will be referred to the police for investigation. Alternatively, if you believe an offence is in progress contact police on 101.