Wokingham Borough Council is about to write to approximately 4,000 postal voters asking them to re-submit their signature for the forth coming elections in May.
Postal voters are required to provide personal identifiers (signature and date of birth) which they then have to reproduce when they return their postal vote. Legislation then requires all postal voters to update their signatures every five years.
Alison Wood, electoral services manager, said: "It is recognised that people’s signatures change over a period of time which is why we are about to start this refresh. Any signature that we received on or before January 31, 2007 will need to be refreshed."
"The legislation is very specific – the first form will be sent out on January 31 and if no response is received then a reminder will go out on February 21. On March 14, any postal voters who have not provided a new signature as requested will lose their postal vote. However, residents can apply for a new postal vote at any time."
If any resident needs help completing these forms or if they have problems writing their signature then they can call the electoral services helpline on (0118) 974 6522 or (0118) 974 6523.