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Absent Vote - Personal Identifier Refresh

Under the Representation of the People’s Act 2001, we are required to write to all absent voters including postal voters, electors who have appointed a proxy and postal proxies, whose application is more than five years old. We will require you to provide a fresh signature and confirm your date of birth in order for you to keep your absent vote.

Your absent vote signature must be refreshed every five years, as when you use your absent vote during an election, the copy of the signature that you provide will be checked against the signature and date of birth that you provided on your application form. This helps to prevent fraud and reduces the number of votes that are rejected do to mismatched records.

Please look out for the form being sent to your address ensuring to complete and return it to us as soon as possible.

This will only apply to you if:

  • You have voted by post at the same address for over five years,
  • Have appointed someone else to vote on your behalf indefinitely (proxy)
  • Have appointed someone else to vote on your behalf indefinitely (proxy) where the proxy has a postal vote (postal proxy)

If you do not return the form by the deadline Tuesday 9 March 2021 then your absent vote will be cancelled and you will have to make a new application or vote in person at your polling station.

If you have any questions about this please contact the elections office.

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Telephone: 01453 766321

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