Postal votes delivered to thousands of homes

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THOUSANDS of postal votes forms are dropping through letterboxes today to ensure voters can take part in next month’s elections.

On May 5, candidates are standing across the area for election to local councils, while a national referendum will take place about whether or not to introduce the Alternative Vote (AV) system instead of the current First Past the Post.

The referendum will ask voters to mark a box answering either ‘yes’ or ‘no’ to the question: ‘At present, the UK uses the First Past the Post system to elect MPs to the House of Commons. Should the Alternative Vote system be used instead?’

AV would allow voters to choose candidates in order of preference, rather than opting for one as under FPtP.

Portsmouth City Council’s leader Gerald Vernon-Jackson said: ‘There will be 18,000 postal votes used in Portsmouth’s elections this year.

‘It’s a high number but it’s good that people have applied, so they can have their say. In many other countries they don’t have the postal vote, so it’s a good way for people who can’t get to a polling booth to be involved.’