Don’t miss the post and lose your votes

With elections in Telford and Wrekin less than a week away, postal voters are being reminded to return their vote today.

At every election some voters’ voices are not heard because they post their postal votes too late for them to be counted.

Around 34,000 people in the borough have opted to vote by post with more than 20,000 of these postal votes already been returned.

Acting Returning Officer, Jonathan Eatough, said: “Nearly a third of registered voters in Telford and Wrekin have chosen to vote by post and we’ve already received nearly 60% of these votes.

“The early return of postal votes means that we can make all the necessary security checks in preparation for the count on 12 December.

“We want to encourage anyone who still needs to return their postal vote to do this as soon as possible to ensure that their vote gets to us in time and is counted.”

Anyone returning a postal vote is reminded to check that they have signed and put their date of birth on the form that comes with their ballot paper. A common mistake is for people to put today’s date on the form. If they do this, unfortunately their vote can’t be considered.

There is a ballot box at Addenbrooke House reception during office hours for anyone wishing to return their postal votes in person, available until 5pm on polling day, Thursday 12 December.

Voters who have not opted to vote by post will have received polling cards which detail the location of their polling station which will be open from 7am until 10pm on Thursday 12 December.

Some voters may find that their polling station location has changed and they should check their polling cards for this information.

Alternatively, you can check your polling station online at

Anyone with a postal ballot who has not returned their vote by post before Election Day can still ensure that they have their say by taking their postal ballot paper to their local polling station.

Regular updates from the Parliamentary election count on the night of 12 December will be available via the Council’s twitter feed @TelfordWrekin, using #TWelects