More than 50,000 Sheffield people have already voted in the elections - by post

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More than one in 10 Sheffield people have already cast their vote in the general election – with 50,000 submitted by post so far.

Figures from Sheffield Council also show there are now 407,252 people on the electoral register – up from 394,000 at the beginning of April but still less than the 439,387 of adults on the last Sheffield census.

The council says it has added 8,290 electors to the register and removed 10,667 in the last two weeks so it will be at its most accurate.

And there was a last minute surge to sign up for what has been billed the most exciting election in a generation, with between 2,000 and 3,000 Sheffield names added on the final day that people could register.

John Mothersole, returning officer for Sheffield Council, said: “At one point it was recorded that the number of people signing up was one every eight seconds.

“It was last minute – however last minute is better than too late.”

In total around 80,000 people are able to vote by post in Sheffield and the council is encouraging them to send in their paperwork as soon as possible.

Mr Mothersole added: “I am really encouraged by the number of people who registered to vote this year and I would like to say I’m really grateful to The Star who got behind it.

“There are still 30,000 postal votes out there and 325,000 people who we want to turn up at the polling stations and cast their vote.

“I know lots of people in Sheffield have an opinion on many things – if you have an opinion, vote.”

If postal voters do not send in their paperwork before May 7, they can still hand it in at a polling station on the day until 10pm.

It is free to return the paperwork to the council.

There are 239 polling stations across the city, with some unusual locations pressed into service, including Bank View Cafe in Langsett and Hallam FC football club, off Sandygate Road – the world’s oldest football ground.

The location of the polling station that voters should use is printed on their polling card.