Voting by post
1. When you get your postal voting papers
- Put them somewhere safe
- Don't let anyone else handle them
- Make sure they are not left where someone else can pick them up
2. When you want to vote
- Complete your ballot paper in secret, on your own
- Don't let anyone else vote for you
- Don't let anyone else see your vote
- Don't give the ballot paper to anyone else
- Put the ballot paper in the envelope and seal it up yourself
- Complete and sign the postal voting statement
- Put the postal voting statement and the envelope containing your ballot paper into the larger supplied envelope and seal it.
3. When you return your postal vote
- Take it to the post box yourself, if you can
- If you can't do that, either give it to somebody you know and trust to post it for you
- Don't hand it to a candidate or party worker unless no other way is practical
- Don't leave it where someone else can pick it up
Postal ballots can only be sent out once the deadline to become a candidate has passed and the ballot papers have subsequently been produced and printed. You can contact your local electoral registration office to find out when your postal ballot papers will be issued.
Once you've got it, mark your vote on the ballot paper and make sure you send it back so that it arrives by 10pm on the day of the election or referendum. If it arrives later than this, your vote won't be counted.
In England, Scotland or Wales, you will need to download and complete a form to apply to vote by post.
After completing the right form, you'll need to print it, sign it, and send it back to your local electoral registration office.
The postal vote application form can be found here.