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Why do I need to give my date of birth and signature to get a postal vote?

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All postal and proxy voters are required to give their date of birth and signature when applying for a postal or proxy vote.

When you return your postal voting pack, your signature and date of birth are checked against those on your application to confirm your identity.

Your signature and date of birth are separated from your ballot paper before it is looked at or counted, so giving this information will not affect the secrecy of your vote.

For those who are unable to sign their form, or are unable to sign it in a consistent way, special provision can be made. For more information please contact your local Electoral Registration Officer.

Find contact details for your local Electoral Registration Officer