THE Royal Mail is urging those who have opted for a postal vote for the local elections on May 6 to make sure they post early enough.
The ongoing impact of the pandemic means that more people may be considering a postal vote.
Royal Mail and the Electoral Commission says that while residents can post their votes until a latest recommended posting date of May 4, they should do so as early as they can – once they have made a decision.
Ballot packs and postal votes are marked by a purple flash to help identify them during the sorting and delivery process.
Craig Westwood, director of communications, policy and research, at the Electoral Commission said: “Absent voting is likely to play an important role in the May elections given the public health situation.
“Postal ballots are now being sent out to people that have applied for one.
“We are encouraging those that have already decided how they will vote, not to wait until the deadline and to complete and return their postal pack as soon as they are ready.”