Election postal votes flooding in

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More than half the postal voters in the Mansfield district have already returned their votes for the forthcoming Mayoral and District Council elections and national AV Referendum.

By the afternoon of Thursday 28th April, around 56% of the 11,000 postal votes issued had been returned ahead of polling day on Thursday 5th May.

The number of people registered to vote by post at this year’s election is the highest number ever at any election in the Mansfield district.

The remaining 4,800 postal voters are being urged to return their votes as soon as possible to ensure that they are counted.

Registered postal voters have been issued with two separate packs – one for the AV Referendum and a separate package for the Mayoral and District Council elections.

Anyone who has registered to vote by post but has either lost, spoilt or not received their postal vote pack should contact the elections team on 01623 463345. Replacement postal vote packs can be issued until 5pm on polling day, 5th May.

Ruth Marlow, Managing Director and Returning Officer at Mansfield District Council said: “The response rate for postal votes has been very encouraging so far, both for the elections and the referendum.

“It is really important that the remaining postal voters return their papers as soon as possible. With the days running out until polling day and public holidays either side of the weekend it is vital those remaining postal voters act now to ensure their votes arrive on time.”

Further information about elections in the Mansfield district and the AV Referendum is available from the Council’s website at www.mansfield.gov.uk/2011elections

Elections information is also available from the Council’s Twitter feed @MansfieldVotes