Thousands of postal voters throughout Aberdeenshire will be receiving forms over the next few days to provide fresh signatures for security purposes.
Grampian’s Electoral Registration Officer is asking voters whose postal vote is at least four years old to update their signature for voting security records.
This will ensure any changes are picked up and prevent their vote being rejected in future.
The signature refresh forms will be delivered to 44,000 voters throughout Grampian starting this week.
There are 20,000 postal voters in Aberdeenshire.
They should be filled in and returned to the Grampian Electoral Registration Office using the reply-paid envelope.
Ian Milton, Grampian Electoral Registration Officer serving the Aberdeen City, Aberdeenshire and Moray council areas, explained the law provides a strict timetable for the updating of postal voter signature records.
He said: “Voters have three weeks to provide a fresh signature before a reminder is issued.
“If a further three weeks pass without a reply the voter will lose their postal vote – but can still cast their vote in person for any elections at their polling station.”
Mr Milton will write to anyone who does lose their postal vote, giving them an opportunity to re-apply if they do not respond within the strict legal timetable.
Anybody who can no longer provide a signature can still vote by post if granted an exemption.
Details for claiming exemption are available from the Electoral Registration Office on (01224) 664848, or www.voteaberdeenshire.org