Don’t delay with your postal vote

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BALLOT papers for postal voters in Angus will be arriving on doormats soon, ready for the Angus Council election on Thursday, May 3.

Over 12,000 postal votes have been issued.

Richard Stiff, the Returning Officer for Angus, has advised postal voters: “When you receive your postal voting pack, make sure you read and follow the instructions carefully before completing your ballot paper.

“Don’t forget to include your date of birth and signature on the postal voting statement unless you have been granted a waiver then you are only required to include your date of birth.

“This statement is kept separately from your ballot paper so your vote is always secret. Follow the instructions in the pack to make sure your vote counts.”

Andy O’Neill, head of the Scotland Office at the Electoral Commission, the independent elections watchdog, has also advised voters to make sure they return their ballot papers promptly.

He commented: “Postal ballot papers must be received by the local Returning Officer by 10 p.m. on May 3 at the latest. So, as soon as you have completed your ballot paper and postal vote statement, place it in the envelope and return it to make sure that it is received in good time.”