Voters who made a mistake on their postal voting statements in the recent European Parliamentary Elections are being contacted to explain why their vote was not counted.
Changes in regulations mean that voters can now be made aware of a range of mistakes and omissions that stopped their ballot paper being included in the count. Letters to affected voters were being issued from Wednesday.
Reasons for rejection in the recent election were: the signature provided on the postal voting statement did not match the signature as supplied on the original application to vote by post; the date of birth provided alongside the postal voting statement did not match the one supplied on the original application to vote by post; no signature was provided on the postal voting statement; no date of birth was provided on the postal voting statement
All letters will include a pre-paid reply envelope. Recipients have six weeks to return the form to ensure they are not removed from the postal voters list, although they will remain on the electoral roll.