Postal and Proxy Voting in Southport

Residents in Sefton who applied for postal or proxy voting five years ago are being sent letters to update their details.

The correspondence asks voters to provide a new sample of their signature and also confirm their date of birth so that they can continue to use the service. Across the borough this affects in the region of 6,000 voters.   Sefton Council securely stores the signatures electronically and uses them to validate votes at election time as a security check.

An up-to-date signature sample will help to ensure that only the individual elector is able to use their postal vote.   Residents, who want their postal or proxy vote to continue, are urged to complete and return their form by February 15 to make sure they don’t lose their right to vote by post or proxy at future elections.

Neil Middlehurst, Head of Electoral Services at Sefton Council, said: “This is something we have to do by law and only affects residents who applied for postal or proxy voting five years ago.   “The letters just ask for a simple signature and to confirm a few personal details so will not take much time to fill in. Anyone with any concerns can simply ring the helpline number, which can be found on the form sent out.”

If you are on the electoral register and are not able to get to a polling station on Election Day, you can register for postal voting or appoint someone you trust to vote for you as your proxy. For more information on this please call 0845 140 1049.

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