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Postal votes

Postal voting is an easy and convenient way of voting. Instead of voting in person at a polling station, you can choose to have your ballot papers sent to you which you can then return in a freepost envelope.

Who can apply for a postal vote?

Anyone who's registered to vote.

You can have your ballot papers sent to the address where you are registered to vote or an alternative address however, you must provide a reason for doing so.

You can apply to vote by post at any time, but the deadline for applications at an election is at 5pm 11 working days before polling day .

We can send ballot papers worldwide but, as they are only posted a week before election day, you need to ensure that there is enough time to receive, complete and return them otherwise they may not be counted.

Alternatively, you may find it more convenient to appoint somebody else to vote on your behalf as a proxy.

When will I receive my postal vote?

Postal votes are usually sent out around 10 days before election day. Once you have received your postal voting pack read the enclosed instructions, complete your postal vote and return it us as soon as possible in the prepaid envelopes provided.

You have until the close of poll on election day to return your postal vote to us. If it arrives later than this time it will not be counted.

Once you have been issued a postal vote you cannot vote at a polling station. However you can drop your postal vote off at a polling station that is in the same ward or constituency.

​How do I apply to vote by post?

To apply to vote by post please download and complete a postal vote application form (103KB)

Make sure you complete all sections and supply your date of birth and signature in the boxes provided. It is an offence to supply false information on this form.