Replacement postal votes

From today, voters can apply for a replacement postal vote if theirs has been lost in the post.

If a postal vote has not arrived, or a person has made a mistake on their forms they can call the helpline on 0131 200 2315 for advice. A replacement can only be issued before 5pm on Thursday 3 May 2012.

This year, the City of Edinburgh's elections team are expected to process a record number of postal votes before the count begins on Friday 4 May.

The volume of postal voters is increasing year on year. Since the last local election in 2007 there has been more than a 25% rise in the number of people registering to vote by post, with over 62,500 sent out this year, which is almost 20% of the electorate.

When voting by post, voters fill in a Postal Voting Statement form, giving their signature and date of birth. This form accompanies their ballot paper, so that it can be matched against those the voter provided when they applied to vote by post.

To ensure the integrity of the voting, the papers are kept under lock and key with the supervision of security guards, until they are counted. And the ballot paper is always kept separate from the Postal Voting Statement to ensure people's personal information is secure.

Electors are encouraged to return their postal votes as soon as possible but can also hand them in to any polling place in their ward up until 10pm when the polls close on 3 May. There are also ballot boxes for people to hand in postal votes at City Chambers reception and Waverley Court reception.

Information on polling stations, postal votes and more is available on the election pages.

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