You must apply in advance to vote by post at an election.
If you are registered to vote by post, you cannot vote in person at the polling station unless you have cancelled your registration in writing in advance. Polling station staff will not issue you with a ballot paper under any circumstances.
You must be individually registered to vote before you can apply for a postal vote.
To let us know that you would like to vote by post:
The form will ask you where your postal vote should be sent to. This could be your home or any other address, even overseas, although you must make sure there will be enough time to receive and return your ballot paper before the election.
If you cannot print this form, contact Electoral Services and a form will be posted to you.
You can apply for a postal vote at any time but your completed form must be received at the latest by 5pm, 11 working days before an election for it to be valid at that election.
You should receive your postal vote pack around a week before election day. Keep it safe and don't allow others to handle it.
If you have lost or spoilt your ballot paper, you can get a replacement up to 5pm on the day of an election. You must collect it in person.
If you spoiled your ballot paper, bring the:
When you're ready to cast your vote, you should:
To ensure your vote is counted:
If you do not follow the above steps when completing your postal vote statement, your postal vote may be rejected and not counted.
Not sure what to do? The video below offers guidance on completing your postal ballot paper.
Post the envelope yourself, or ask someone you trust to post it for you. Don't leave it where someone could pick it up.
Contact the police if anyone tries to help you against your will, or insists that you hand them your envelope.
To cancel your postal vote you must write to the Electoral Registration Officer (by post, fax, or scanned email attachment in PDF or JPG format).
This must be received by 5pm, 11 working days before an election for it to be valid.
This is also the deadline to make changes to an existing postal vote including changing your postal vote to a proxy vote.
If you have any questions get in touch with the Electoral Services team.
Updated: 18 January 2018