Applying for a postal vote
Applications for a postal vote can be made for a single election, for a specified period, or permanently.
You can apply for a postal vote at any time. You don’t have to wait for an election to be announced. The deadline for application is 5pm, 11 working days before an election. (This excludes Saturdays, Sundays, Good Friday and any other bank holiday). You must not already have any absent voting arrangements in place.
All applications to vote by post must be sent to our office address by the relevant deadline for the election (see below).
You can’t sign an application on behalf of another elector, even if you have Power of Attorney.
Please be aware that to vote by post or proxy you must be registered under Individual Electoral Registration. For more information, please see our Individual Electoral Registration page.
Changes to a postal vote
The deadline for making changes to existing postal vote arrangements is also 11 working days before an election.
Voting by post
A postal vote can be sent to your home address or any other address you specify. If your application is successful, you will be sent a letter confirming this.
Postal votes are usually sent out 10 days before the date of the election.
Postal votes can be posted back to us or returned by hand to our offices or a polling station before the close of poll. If you have not received your postal vote or have mislaid it, please contact us. A replacement can be issued from our electoral services office up until 5pm on polling day. You will need to provide proof of identity to collect your replacement postal vote.
If you are going to be away from home during the run up to an election and would like a postal vote, please check with us first. You should ensure that there is enough time for you to receive and return your ballot paper in time for your vote to be counted.
If you live overseas permanently, you will need to register as an overseas elector.
If you have been sent a postal vote, you cannot vote in person at a polling station.