Make your postal vote count
Postal voters in the Yeovil and Somerton & Frome Constituencies are being reminded to return their ballot papers in order to ensure their vote counts in the upcoming General Election.
Around 35,000 postal voting packs have been sent out in South Somerset alone by South Somerset District Council ahead of polling day on Thursday 12 December. Voters will start to receive their postal voting pack in the coming days. Overseas postal voters started to receive their packs from late last week.
You will be voting for the person who you want to represent you as your Member of Parliament (MP). The political party with the majority of MPs will be able to form a Government to run the UK.
South Somerset District Council is responsible for administering two MP seats – the Yeovil Constituency and the Somerton & Frome Constituency and depending on where you live, you will get a ballot paper for that specific Constituency.
The deadline to apply for a postal vote in the General Election was 5pm on Tuesday 26 November so unfortunately no more applications can be taken for this specific election. Those who have registered to vote will need to turn up at their specified polling station on Thursday 12 December or apply for a proxy vote by 5pm on Wednesday 4 December (Please note it is now too late to change postal vote to a proxy vote, or apply for a postal proxy). Details of your polling station can be found on your Poll Card, many of which have already been delivered. If however you have registered since mid-November, these will take a few more days to arrive.
SSDC would like to offer the following advice to postal voters to make sure that ballot papers can be accepted and ensure that their vote counts:
- Put your date of birth where indicated, not the date you sign the Postal Voting Statement. Your postal vote will be rejected otherwise.
- Sign the Postal Voting Statement where indicated. If the signature does not match the one SSDC holds, the postal vote will be rejected.
- Where there are multiple postal voters at the same address, take care to ensure you do not mix up your paperwork. We receive a number of Postal Vote Statements each election where electors have signed another person’s Statement. Both postal votes will be rejected if this happens.
- Make sure you put your correct date of birth – don’t guess! It is surprising how many Postal Voting Statements we receive back where the date of birth is different to the date of birth the elector has supplied when applying for a postal vote. If the dates do not match, your postal vote will be rejected.
- Please take the time to read the instructions carefully to ensure your vote counts.
A spokesman for South Somerset District Council, said: “If you returning a postal vote, we don’t like to reject them without good reason, but if the signatures and/or dates of birth do not match what we hold, we really don’t have any choice but to reject them. Make sure you read the instructions provided within your postal voting pack so that your vote counts”.