Residents who vote by post in Erewash are being made aware of changes that have been introduced ahead of the May elections.

On Thursday 2 May elections will be held for a Mayor for the East Midlands Combined County Authority for Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire, and Derbyshire’s Police and Crime Commissioner.

The newly introduced changes mean that anyone handing in postal votes at Ilkeston or Long Eaton Town Hall receptions will have to complete a ‘return of postal voting documents’ form’. This means that ballot papers can no longer be posted in the letterboxes outside the town halls. Any postal votes which are left at any council building or polling station without this form being completed will be rejected.

There will also be a limit on the number of postal votes a person can hand in at the council offices or polling stations for other electors. This will be a maximum of six, including their own. If a person hands in more than five packs for other electors, all the ballot papers apart from their own will be rejected.

Residents are also being reminded they now need photo ID to vote – such as a driving licence, passport or bus pass. They should also check they are on the voting register.

Full information is available via the elections pages.

The Electoral Commission said of the changes: “It is important that voters have confidence in the absent voting system as a safe and secure method of voting.”

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