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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.
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.
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.
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
Contact customer services: electoral services