Fife taking emergency action to help postal voters

Fife House, Glenrothes

Fife House will be open tomorrow (Saturday, June 29) as an emergency measure.

Fife Council is taking urgent steps to ensure all residents can cast their vote in next Thursday’s UK Parliament General Election.

On Saturday (June 29), voters who have yet to receive their postal votes, and will not be at home next week, can go to Fife House and have their voting pack re-issued or hand them in.

A private booth will be set up for those wishing to complete their postal vote there and then. To be clear this is not a polling station. Voters can complete their postal vote in private and then put it into the nearest Royal Mail post-box.

The facility will be open on Saturday (June 29) between 9am and 4pm. Voters should come to Fife House in Glenrothes, with photo ID, and a replacement pack can be issued. Please note there may be waiting times if the service is busy.

The distribution of postal votes nationally has been hit by delays, but the Royal Mail has confirmed that all packs should be delivered today (Friday) or tomorrow (Saturday).

We’re prioritising in person replacement packs for those who will not be at home next week. If you will be at home next week, please be wait for delivery and only contact us early next week if you are still without your pack.

Please contact in the first instance or call the helpline on 03451 55 55 11.

Returning Officer for Fife Ken Gourlay said:

“We are doing everything we can to make sure that you receive your postal vote in time for the election.

As you will be aware, there have been national issues with the printing and delivery of some postal votes but the printers and Royal Mail are doing everything they can to ensure that all postal packs are delivered by Monday July 1.

“However we appreciate that voters are concerned and that’s why we’re opening Fife House tomorrow. Please only attend if you haven’t received your postal vote and you’re going on holiday or won’t be at home next week.

“I’d encourage anyone who has already received their postal vote to return it as soon as possible, through Royal Mail.”