How to vote by post, proxy or in person
If you’re registered to vote, you can choose to vote by post.
What you need to know
Read the information below to find out about:
- how to apply for a postal vote
- returning your ballot papers to us
- replacing lost or spoiled ballot papers
- cancelling your postal vote
You can apply for a postal vote:
- for a single election on a specific date
- for a specific period
You can apply for a postal vote at any time but your completed form must be received at the latest 5pm, 11 working days before an election for it to be valid at that election.
This is also the deadline to cancel or make changes to an existing postal vote including changing your postal vote to a proxy vote.
We can send ballot papers to addresses both in the UK and overseas. However they can’t be sent out any earlier than 10 days before an election, leaving a short period for you to receive and return your ballot paper.
If you're overseas, it may be better to appoint a proxy to vote on your behalf.
For security reasons, all applications for a postal vote must include your signature and date of birth. If you don't provide these details, your application will not be accepted.
You will be asked to provide your signature and date of birth again on your ballot paper. This is so we can check it’s you that’s voted and no one else.
We may grant a waiver from providing a signature if you’re unable to:
- sign in a consistent or distinctive way because of any disability
- read or write.
However, you will still be required to give your date of birth.
Contact us if you spoil or lose your ballot paper. You can get a replacement up to 5pm on the day of an election. You must collect it in person.
If you spoiled your ballot paper, bring the:
- spoiled paper
- rest of the ballot pack that was sent to you.
If you want to cancel your postal vote we need a signed request in writing to authorise us to do this. This can be sent to us by post, or as a scanned email attachment in PDF or JPG format.