Cheshire East Council is urging people to take care when completing their postal votes for the Police and Crime Commissioner Election.
So far, the Council has received nearly 14,000 votes by post, with around 500 of these (3.5 per cent) being incomplete.
For postal votes to count, the Council must receive both the ballot paper and the postal voting statement.
Currently, a small number of people are returning only part of the postal vote, or completing the postal voting statement incorrectly, which could lead to their vote being invalid.
Residents are being asked to follow the instructions that accompany the papers. They are:
- Separate postal voting statement and ballot paper;
- Fill out ballot paper and place it in envelope A;
- Fill out postal voting statement and place it, along with envelope A, into the larger envelope B; and
- Post envelope B back to the Council – no stamp is required.
Postal voters are also reminded to correctly complete the postal voting statement by filling in their date of birth in the correct format and by adding an accurate signature.
Postal votes must be received by the Local Returning Officer by 10pm on Thursday, November 15.
Voters are urged to return their postal vote at the earliest opportunity.