Local returning officer, Steve Jones, said: 'It is evident that the postal pilot has increased turnout for both the European and local elections which is good news. In Wigan we had seen a gradual decline in turnout over recent years so the postal pilot has clearly had an impact.
These are based at Wigan Town Hall and Leigh Library, and there are also points set up at Aspull Library, Standish High School and Hindley Leisure Centre for voters who did not receive their ballot packs.
By 5pm on Tuesday some 61,000 ballot papers have been returned for the borough's local elections (27.3%) and more than a million returns have been received across the north-west for the European elections. Turnout for the local elections last year was 22.7% and for the last European ones was 19.5%.
Mr Jones continued: 'I would urge voters to spend a little time to read the instructions on their ballot packs and contact us if they have any difficulties with completing the ballots or the declaration of identity. We will also make home visits to help anyone who is blind or disabled.'
Wigan Council Local Elections
Votes returned as of 5pm Tuesday 8 June
Ward / Number envelopes returned / Percentage of electorate
Aspull New Springs Whelley2,34124.06
Astley Mosley Co mmon2,57327.01
Golborne and Lowton West2,57329.75
Shevington with Lower Ground2,98832.31
Standish with Langtree2,93331.23
Wigan Westno local election