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Voting by post

You can only register yourself to vote. You can’t register a family member, even if they live in the same property.

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 to us by email or post.

If a new postal application is successful you will receive confirmation from us.Postal voting packs will be issued as soon as possible following the close of candidate nominations and will be sent to you first class, however, if you applied nearer the deadline then you may not receive your pack until the Friday before polling day.

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

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

You can send this to us by either by post, email or by completing our general enquiry form.

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. 

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For written instructions please see the instruction leaflet which you will receive in your postal voting pack.