Voting by post

To vote by post, simply print out and fill in an application form and then email or post it to the addresses in the Contact Details section of this page.

Due to the outbreak of Covid-19, we recommend emailing completed application forms (scanned copies, or a clear image taken on a smart phone) to avoid potential postal delays.

If you want to vote in an upcoming election, your completed application must reach us by 5pm, 11 working days before polling day.

How it works

We send postal voting forms to all registered postal voters in the two weeks before polling day.

If you have not received your postal vote five days before an election, you will need to contact our Elections team.

Your postal voting pack will contain your ballot paper(s) and a 'Postal Voter’s Statement'.

Complete the form as instructed and return it to us, in the envelope provided, before 10pm on polling day. We cannot accept any postal votes we receive after this time.

If you don’t return it by post, you can hand in your completed and sealed postal vote pack at our elections office or at a polling station in your area.

Voting in an election

If you have not received your postal voting pack five days before an election, you will need to contact our Elections team. They will be able to confirm if you have been set up for a postal vote and whether they can send you a replacement.

If you are set up to vote by post, you are unable to be issued a ballot paper at the polling station. Postal votes can only be re-issued up to 5pm on the day of an election.

You must let our Elections team know in advance if you have not received your postal vote.

Cancelling a postal vote

If you are already set up with a postal vote and you would like to change this to vote at the polling station or vote by proxy instead, then you must cancel your postal vote by the postal vote deadline.

You can only cancel a postal vote by letting us know in writing. You can email and let us know your name, address and that you would like your postal vote to be cancelled. 

Overseas voters

If you are living overseas and the postal service is unreliable or post takes a long time to reach you, then we would recommend that you apply for a proxy vote instead.

How to complete a postal vote

If, when you have received your postal voting pack, you are unsure what to do, why not check out the video below which gives simple step-by-step instructions:

Last reviewed: 19 - 03 - 2020

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