Applicants for postal votes in Birmingham are receiving their ballot papers from Manchester after city council officials decided to offload the task of sending out 59,000 envelopes.
The contract to deal with postal votes was outsourced by Birmingham after last year's city council elections, which were dominated by allegations of ballot fraud.
A record number of General Election postal votes began to be despatched from Manchester by the Royal Mail last week, but the delivery immediately attracted controversy.
John Hemming, the deputy leader of Birmingham City Council and Liberal Democrat parliamentary candidate for Yardley, said the first batch of postal votes were sent out a day late.
By Sunday, only 1,000 postal votes had been completed and returned to the Birmingham Council House, leaving a maximum 58,000 to make their way through the postal system by 10pm on Thursday.
Electors have until the close of polls on May 5 to return postal votes.