Over 5,300 postal and proxy voters in Plymouth will be receiving letters this week asking them to provide a fresh signature.
Signatures often change over time and, by law, councils must ask postal voters to ‘refresh’ their signature every five years.
If you are a postal or proxy voter and the signature held on record for you is more than five years old you will receive a letter, with a form to sign and return in a pre-paid envelope.
Council Chief Executive Tracey Lee said: “When we receive a postal vote we have to check the signature on the postal voting statement against the one we hold on file. Signatures can change over time or due to health reasons so it’s really important that the one we hold is an accurate representation.
“We send letters out every year to anyone whose recorded signature is more than five years old. If you receive a letter asking you to provide a fresh signature please sign and return your form as soon as possible to ensure you can continue to vote by post or proxy.”
Letters are only being sent to around a fifth of postal and a seventh of proxy voters – if you don’t receive one you don’t need to refresh your signature this year.
Signed forms should be returned by Tuesday 5 February to avoid receiving a reminder letter.
If you are unable to sign your name you (or someone helping you) should contact Plymouth City Council for advice – contact details are given in the letter.