Vote by post or by proxy

Voting by post or proxy if you cannot get to a polling station on election day.

Postal voting

Postal voting is where we send you your ballot paper(s) around 10 days before the election. You simply mark your ballot papers, sign a statement, and post these back to us in a pre-paid envelope we provide. We need to receive your ballot paper(s) and statement by 10pm on election day.

Watch a video guide on how to vote by post

You can apply to vote by post at any time – you do not need to wait for an election to be called. The deadline to apply for a postal vote is 5pm, 11 working days before an election. Please see the upcoming elections page for details of the next scheduled elections.

To vote by post you must:

  • be registered to vote
  • ensure we receive your completed application by 5pm, 11 working days before an election

Apply for a postal vote

Postal vote applications are made on the GOV.UK website.

Apply now

You can apply to vote by post for:

  • 1 election
  • a set period of time
  • up to 3 years

If you apply for a postal vote for 3 years, we will contact you at the end of this period and ask if you want to re-apply.

Once a postal vote has been set up you will not be able to vote in person at a polling station, unless you cancel your postal vote (in writing). Postal voting packs may only be sent 10 working days before an election.

You can also request a postal vote application form.

Completed paper forms can be returned to us by post or by email (as an attachment) to

Help with your postal vote application

If you are not able to upload your signature with your application, you may be eligible for a ‘signature waiver’.

Contact us for more information.

Cancelling your postal vote

If you want to cancel your postal vote:

  • you must do this in writing
  • make sure you sign your request so that we can check this with your original application
  • we must get your cancellation request no later than 5pm, 11 working days before an election

Find out more

You can find more information about all forms of voting on the GOV.UK website.

Contact customer services: electoral services