Published Thursday, 29 April 2010
In 2005 there were over 34,000 granted but I'm told the figure will be well down this time.
Indeed, I'm reliably informed, they could be down by 50 per cent in some constituencies.
There is little doubt the electoral office has been more rigorous in enforcing the rules for postal votes.
A very senior Sinn Fein politician said to me this afternoon that in England they are encouraging people to vote in all sorts of ways yet the opposite is happening here.
Yet others will welcome a tightening up of the system.
Whether it will have an overall effect is another matter.
Meanwhile, the North Antrim election debate proved to be as lively as expected.
It is well worth watching.
Naturally Jim Allister and Ian Paisley junior knocked lumps out of each other.
You will have to decide yourself who won.
There wasn't much love lost on the other side of the house either.
A colleague said it reminded him of the old days.
Judge for yourself.