Postal vote papers on their way

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BALLOT papers for postal voters will be dropping through letter boxes in Sunderland from this weekend.

Almost 90,000 registered voters in Sunderland can cast their vote by post this year, a third of the total number.

And a further 132,000 people will be able to visit their local polling station on Thursday, May 3.

A total of 25 city council seats are being contested this year, with each ward being represented by three councillors each elected for a four-year term.

Dave Smith, Returning Officer, said: “The number of people registered for a postal vote here in Sunderland shows that it can be a popular and convenient option.

“The council welcomes opportunities to accommodate both postal voters and those who wish to visit a more traditional polling station on the day.

“Postal voting plays a key part in encouraging more people to exercise their democratic rights.”

The Royal Mail begins distributing postal ballot packs from Saturday, April 21.

Anyone who has not received their postal ballot pack by Friday, April 27, should call the council’s electoral services on 561 1144, or visit elections@sunderland.gov.uk

Any other queries about voting by post or in person at the polling station should also be directed to Electoral Services.