East Cambridgeshire District Council is urging all residents who are registered for a postal or proxy vote and have been contacted as part of the signature refresh exercise to return their completed forms by 4 March 2021
The signature refresh exercise is a rolling programme which takes place at the start of every year and ensures signatures are up to date for all electors who have had a postal or proxy vote for more than five years.
More than 800 residents have already been contacted by the Council as part of the programme this year ahead of elections which are due to take place on 6th May.
Joan Cox, Electoral Services Team Leader at East Cambridgeshire District Council, said:
“All electors who have been registered for either a postal or proxy vote and fall within the five year renewal time, will be sent a new form to complete. They are required to return the form to the Council which will allow us to confirm their identity.
“Unfortunately, we have seen an increase in scams during the COVID-19 pandemic and we want to reassure our residents that this is a genuine request from the Council. Residents who have received a letter and want to confirm that they are part of the renewal process, can get in touch with us to confirm the authenticity by calling 01353 665555.
“I would urge everyone who has received a letter from the Council asking them to take part in this exercise to respond accordingly. We would also request that those who are able to respond digitally, please do so in this manner.”
The Council would never contact you to ask for personal information such as bank details and anyone who is concerned about the legitimacy of their letter, can call the Council’s Customer Services team on 01353 665555.
The deadline for residents to return their competed forms to the Council by is 4 March 2021.
Residents can return their completed form by scanning and sending it to firstname.lastname@example.org or by post using the pre-paid envelopes provided by the Council.