How to cast your vote
The deadline to apply for a postal vote for the UK Parliamentary Election on 12 December has now closed.
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
How to apply for a 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.
For the UK Parliamentary Election on Thursday 12 December 2019 the deadline for receiving applications to vote by post is 5pm 26 November 2019. This is also the deadline to cancel or make changes to an existing postal vote including changing your postal vote to a proxy vote.
Postal packs will start to be delivered by Royal Mail from around 20 November. If you will not be at home to receive your ballot papers after this date please get in touch to discuss alternatives.
Returning your ballot to us
We can send ballot papers to addresses both in the UK and overseas. However, due to the short notice of this election we have a condensed period for you to receive and return your ballot paper.
If you are 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.
Replacing lost or spoiled ballot papers
If you spoil or lose your ballot paper, you can get a replacement up to 5pm on the day of an election but we will require ID to issue this.
If you feel you have spoiled your ballot paper, please contact the electoral services team to discuss.
We can only issue replacement ballot papers from 6 December until 5pm on election day.
Cancelling your postal vote
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.
For the UK Parliamentary Election on Thursday 12 December the deadline for cancelling or amending your existing postal vote is 5pm on 26 November 2019.