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Don’t forget to check your postal vote signature

Published Friday 1 March 2019 at 15:52

People who use a postal vote in elections are being asked to check their details to make sure they are up to date.

Voters with a signature older than five years old need to provide a new signature if they want to continue using a postal vote in this year’s local elections. If this is not updated you will lose your postal vote and will only be able to vote in person at the polling station on the day.

Blackburn with Darwen Council holds specimen signature and date of birth details for all absent voters, for use in comparison against the signature and date of birth provided when checking postal votes.  This is to ensure your right to vote cannot be used by anyone else.  These details are not used for any other purpose.

An important part of these security measures is that every five years all absent voters are required to provide a fresh specimen signature.

If a fresh signature is not received by the Council’s Electoral Services by Tuesday 19 March 2019, you will lose your entitlement to vote by post.  You would then have to vote in person at the polling station.

If you have a disability which means that you now cannot either provide a signature or sign in a consistent or distinctive way, or have difficulty reading or writing please contact us at:

Elections Team, Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council, Elections Office, Floor 2, Blackburn Town Hall, BB1 7DY. Email: voting@blackburn.gov.uk or call: 01254 585920.

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