Voters urged not to miss the post

Sunderland Civic Centre staff, from left; Alyson Cooper, Tara Shanks and Margaret Howard sorting through the postal votes for the local elections

Sunderland Civic Centre staff, from left; Alyson Cooper, Tara Shanks and Margaret Howard sorting through the postal votes for the local elections

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Tens of thousands of people have returned their postal votes ahead of next week’s council election in Sunderland.

As the final preparations are being made, people are being urged to make sure they get their votes posted in.

A further 56,000 people on the city’s electoral register also opted to vote by post this year, and they must be received in time for them to count.

Returning Officer Dave Smith said: “Postal votes must be received by 10pm on Thursday, May 3, to be included in the count.

“There is still time to return postal votes with the Royal Mail, by hand to council offices, such as the civic centre, or at a polling station.”

Another 132,000 people in Sunderland will be able to visit one of the 123 polling stations around the city on Thursday, between 7am and 10pm.

For more information about voting call Sunderland Council Electoral Services on 561 1144.