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WEARSIDERS are being reminded to cast their vote for the Northumbria Police and Crime Commissioner election.

There are 122 polling stations in the city and they will be open from 7am to 10pm on polling day –Thursday, November 15.

Of the one million-plus registered electors in the Northumbria Police area, more than 300,000 have requested a postal vote and distribution of these has now begun.

In Sunderland, more than 85,000 people requested a postal vote, which must be returned by 10pm on November 15 or will not be counted.

Dave Smith, Northumbria Police Area Returning Officer, said: “I encourage voters to check in advance where their polling station is and plan what time they intend to cast their vote.

“For those voting by post, it’s important to fill in your ballot paper privately and return it as soon as possible.”

Voters should put a cross for their first and second choice candidates in their respective columns. As long as a cross is marked in the first choice column, then the vote will count.

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