As postal voting packs start dropping through letter boxes across Gwynedd, postal voters are being reminded to read the instructions carefully when casting their vote otherwise their vote might not be counted.
When voting by post, voters need to fill in a form accompanying their three ballot papers, giving their signature and date of birth. As a security measure, these are matched against the signature and date of birth the voter provided when they applied to vote by post.
Dilys Phillips, Returning Officer for the constituencies in Gwynedd said: “Postal voting is growing in popularity as a convenient way to have your say. But at every election, some postal votes are invalid, because the voter forgets to sign the postal voting statement, they print their name in capitals instead of signing, or they write down the date they filled it in, rather than their date of birth.”
The postal vote pack includes three ballot papers – remember to send all three back along with the accompanying form.
If you have not received your postal voting pack by Wednesday, 20 April 2011, or if you’d like more information, contact Gwynedd Council on 01766 771000.
The Electoral Commission, the independent elections and referendum watchdog, has sent every household in Wales an information booklet on the election and the referendum. Anyone who has not received a booklet can download it at www.aboutmyvote.co.uk or call 0800 3 280 280.