Postal voting is underway in Telford and Wrekin

Postal ballot papers have been despatched to over 35,000 people living in Telford and Wrekin, as well as the part of Shropshire in the Wrekin constituency, to have their say in the General Election next Thursday (12 DEC).

Since the ballot papers were issued, the Council has already received more than 20,000 votes which are being verified and checked – although no votes will be counted before close of poll on 12 December.

For those people who have not registered for a postal vote, polling stations will be open from 7am until 10pm on 12 December. Although it is not necessary, it always helps if voters take their polling cards to the polling station where they will be provided with voting papers. Some voters may find that their polling station location has changed and they should check their polling cards for this information.

Acting Returning Officer for the elections in Telford & Wrekin, Jonathan Eatough, said: “The early return of postal votes means that we can make all the necessary security checks in preparation for the count after the election on 12 December.

“Postal votes that are returned too late will not be counted. It’s really important that people send them back to us as soon as possible.”

For security purposes, anyone with a postal vote should ensure they post it via the Royal Mail personally and under no circumstances hand it to anyone else for posting. There is also a ballot box available at Addenbrooke House in Telford where they can be posted up until 5pm on 12th December. Postal votes can also be handed in at your local polling station on polling day up until the close of poll at 10pm.