Apply for a postal vote if you can't get to your polling station on the day of an election.
Voting by post is an easy and convenient way of voting if you cannot get to your polling station on polling day.
When voting by post we will send you a postal voting statement and your ballot paper(s) to the address you have requested. You are required to provide your date of birth and signature on the postal vote statement which you must return with your ballot papers. We check this information against the information you supply on your application form to make sure that no one else can use your vote.
Postal ballot papers are usually delivered 2 weeks before an election. If you will be on holiday or out of the country, we would strongly recommend that you nominate a proxy instead of voting by post.
You can set up a postal vote for a maximum 3 year period where you will then be required to reapply for your postal vote, set it up for a specific election or for a period up to 3 years.
Apply to vote by post online
From 31 October 2023 an elector can apply to vote by post online and will now be required to provide their National Insurance Number to verify their identity.
To apply online, click the following link:
Apply for a postal vote - GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)
An elector will also be required to upload a clear copy or scan of a signature on a piece of plain white paper as part of your application to upload at the time of submitting.
Apply to vote by post via paper application
If you cannot apply online, postal vote application forms are available to download below or can be required from Electoral Services by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or calling 01453 766321.