Delays to Postal Votes – Update from Durham County Council
We use an external printer to print and distribute our postal votes via Royal Mail. We were informed by our external printer earlier this week of a number of issues relating to postal votes not being despatched when in fact they should have been. This has affected other local authorities too.
Electoral Services are working extremely very hard to ensure we get the remaining postal vote packs to voters today. We have also been in touch with the Electoral Commission to ensure they are aware of the issues and the action we have been taking.
Nevilles Cross division – postal vote packs being delivered by royal mail from 29/4.
Parish Area of Hawthorn, Witton-Le-Wear, Durham South, Rookhope, Merrington, Windlestone – the external printer is providing these postal vote packs to us for hand delivery today
There are also a number of other postal votes across the county that the external printer issued to Royal Mail last night for delivery today.
As a reminder, electors can post their ballot packs by Wednesday 5th May at the latest. Postal votes can also be handed in to any polling station within the electoral division up until 10pm on polling day.
We are also reminding all postal voters that Royal Mail introduced 35,000 Priority Post Boxes nationally. 15,000 of them also have a collection between 15.00 and 17.00 on a Saturday and Sunday. Voters should use this link to identify their nearest Priority Post Boxes if they wish to use this service www.royalmail.com/priority-postboxes.
Notwithstanding the above information on postal votes being issued today, we are also advising anyone who has registered for a postal vote but has not yet received their pack to contact electoral services on 03000 261 212 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
We apologise for the issues we have experienced with the delivery of some of our postal.
Durham County Council