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Voting by post

If you are unable to visit a polling station in person on the day of an election or referendum, you can set up a postal vote.

Apply for a postal vote

You can apply for a postal vote:

  • for a single election on a specific date
  • for a specific period
  • permanently

Application forms can be sent by:   

Completing and returning your postal vote

When voting by post, you should:

  • complete your ballot paper in secret
  • complete the postal voting statement
  • put the ballot and statement in the envelopes provided
  • seal the envelope yourself

Post your ballot back as quickly as possible to make sure it’s counted.

If you’re too late to post your ballot paper back, you can hand it to your local polling station by 10pm on polling day.

Changing where your postal vote is sent

You will need to submit a new application for a postal vote, if:

  • you move house
  • you’ll be away from home when the postal vote is sent out

How to cancel your postal vote

If you want to cancel your postal vote, you will have to contact us and must include:

  • your full name and address 
  • stating that you no longer wish to vote by post

This can be sent by:

You will not be able to cancel your postal vote 11 days before an election (polling) day. 

How to complete your postal ballot papers

This short video explains what you should receive in your postal pack, how to complete the paperwork and how to return your postal vote to us. 

Can't see the video? Watch it on YouTube.

For written instructions please see the back of envelope B or the back of the Postal Voting Statement, which you will receive in your postal voting pack.