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Have you been a postal voter for more than five years?

People who registered to vote by post more than five years ago are being contacted to update their details

North East Lincolnshire Council is writing to postal voters in the borough who made their applications more than five years ago.

Legislation now requires postal voters to provide fresh specimen signatures every five years.

Postal voters who need to update their signature will be sent a form at the end of January that they need to complete and return by 13 March 2013.

Please sign and return the form as soon as possible as reminders will be sent out after three weeks.

This process is a legal requirement and your postal vote will be cancelled if the Electoral Registration Office at North East Lincolnshire Council does not receive your completed form by 13 March.

Postal voters must provide a signature and date of birth when they first apply. When we send out ballot papers for elections to postal voters, they are again required to provide their signature and date of birth.

These are checked against the original application to ensure they match. This is a security measure and helps to stop voting fraud. It does not mean the vote can be identified.

Any queries should be directed to the Electoral Registration Office at the Municipal Offices, Town Hall Square, Grimsby DN31 1HU by calling 01472 324118 or 01472 324160.