Derbyshire Dales council clarifies postal voting instructions blunder

A gaffe on an instruction sheet that accompanies postal vote forms issued for the local elections on May 6 has been clarified by Derbyshire Dales District Council.

Monday, 26th April 2021, 3:53 pm
Elections take place on May 6

The voting instructions on the actual ballot papers that postal voters in the Derbyshire Dales have received is ‘absolutely correct’ for all the various elections taking place according to the authority.

However, the instructions for voting in the Derbyshire County Council election, while correct on the ballot paper, incorrectly state on an accompanying sheet:

“Vote for no more than XX candidates by putting a cross in the box next to each of your choices.”

It should read: “Vote for no more than 1 candidate by putting your cross in the box next to your choice.”

Forms for anyone who applied for a postal vote before April 1 have landed at homes across the Derbyshire Dales in the past few days. Anyone who applied after that date should receive the forms by the middle of this week.

The pack also includes correct details for the opportunity to vote on May 6 for a first preference candidate and a second preference candidate in the Police and Crime Commissioner election and for one candidate in two district ward council by-elections in the Masson and Wirksworth wards.

Voters in Winster can vote for up to five candidates on the ballot paper for Winster Parish Council after the authority was thrown into chaos.

The deadline for postal vote applications (20 April) has now passed but applications for a proxy vote can be made until 5pm tomorrow (Tuesday 27 April).

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Anyone who loses or doesn't receive a postal vote having applied before the

20 April deadline should contact the Election Helpline on 01629 761335 from

29 April to arrange for a replacement postal ballot pack to be issued.

For postal votes to be counted, voters must fill in and return the postal voting

statement with their ballot papers. In order for the statement to be accepted,

voters must fill in the date of birth and signature boxes. Any votes received

without this will not be counted, unless the voter has already been granted a

waiver.

Postal votes must be received by 10pm on Thursday 6 May. If voters don’t

manage to get them into the post, then they can hand it in at the Town Hall in

Matlock or at their local polling station on Thursday 6 May and it will still be

counted.