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.
If you want to vote in an upcoming election, your completed application must reach us by 5pm, 11 working days before polling day.
General Election 2019
If you wish to vote by post in the General Election on 12 December 2019, then we must receive your application by 5pm on Tuesday 26 November.
If you wish to alter the details of an existing postal vote, or cancel a postal vote, you must also do this by 5pm on 26 November.
Please note, we currently do not expect to send out postal ballot packs until after the application deadline has closed on 26 November.
Important – due to the short timescales involved, we cannot guarantee when you will receive your postal ballot pack, therefore if you are likely to be away after 6 December, or you are an overseas voter, please consider applying for a proxy vote instead to guarantee your vote.
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.
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: 15 - 11 - 2019