POSTAL voters in Barnsley are being reminded they must provide a sample of their signature every five years to be able to continue voting by post.

Barnsley Council’s Electoral Services has written to 4,700 postal voters in the borough whose signatures now require updating.

So far, however, only 2,350 electors - some 50 percent - have responded.

Officers are now urging those people who have not yet replied to meet the deadline of Wednesday 13 March to refresh their signature to enable them to continue to vote by post at an election.

People who do not respond will have their postal vote cancelled and will only be able to vote in person at their designated polling station.

Barnsley Council Deputy Leader Cllr Jim Andrews, said: “Over time, people’s signatures change, and we need to ensure that an accurate record of voters’ signatures is kept. This is an important security measure to safe-guard the integrity of postal voting.''

For further details contact Barnsley Council’s Electoral Services on (01226) 773070, or email