Postal votes for the Peterborough City Council and Police and Crime Commissioner elections on 5 May 2016 have now been dispatched.
The first batch of 20,000 ballot papers to enable people to vote by post in the local and Police and Crime Commissioner elections has gone out.
Postal votes should be returned immediately and must be returned by 10pm on election day, Thursday 5 May 2016. 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(s) 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 it into the Town Hall reception, Bridge Street, Peterborough up until 5pm on polling day and you can post it through the Town Hall letterbox up to 10pm on Thursday 5 May 2016.
You could also take it to your polling station on polling day. If none of these options are possible give it to someone you know and trust to post it for you.
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 very hard 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 papers. The information provided will be subject to security checks against information already supplied by each elector.
By law, the returning officer is required to undertake personal identifier checks on every postal vote receive. 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 votes have not arrived in the post by the morning of Friday 29 April 2016 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. Any concerns will be referred to the police for investigation. Alternatively, if you believe an offence is in progress contact police on 101.