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 until until 5pm, 11 working days before an election (excluding Saturdays, Sundays, Good Friday and any other bank holiday), and you don’t have to wait for an election to be announced. You must not already have any absent voting arrangements in place.
The deadline for making changes to, or cancelling, existing postal vote arrangements is also 11 working days before an election.
You can’t sign an application on behalf of another elector, even if you have Power of Attorney.
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 dispatched 10 days before the date of the election. If you are going to be out of the country during the run up to an election and would like a postal vote, please check with the us as it may not be possible 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.
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 it have mislaid it, please contact us, as 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.
Postal votes have to be received at our offices or a polling station by the close of poll on polling day.