With county council elections less than a month away, over 20,000 postal votes will be dispatched to voters across the Vale later this week. The initial issue will include long standing postal voters and anyone who applied before the 30 March. For those who can’t vote in person on the 4 May, there is still time to apply for a postal vote. Applications must be received by 5pm on Tuesday 18 April, with the final issue of postal votes from 21 April. You can download an application form at www.aylesburyvaledc.gov.uk Deputy Returning Officer Andrew Grant said; “The issue and receipt of postal votes is a significant part of the modern election process. All returned postal votes must be verified against the personal details of the voter in order to protect against electoral fraud. Watch out for your postal vote and read the instructions carefully before responding, to ensure your vote is counted. Don’t forget that if you miss the deadline to apply for a postal vote you can appoint a proxy to vote on your behalf until 5pm on Tuesday 25 April”.