Postal voting

You can apply to vote by post if you cannot get to a polling station for any reason.

If you wish to apply for a postal vote, we must receive your application by 5pm on the eleventh working day before the election. If it is received after this, you will not be able to vote by post for that election.

There is a strict deadline for the receipt of postal vote applications prior to an election. Once an arrangement is set up, the postal voting packs are sent to you by first class post: for those people who apply on or shortly before the deadline, the voting packs will typically be received one week before polling day. If you believe that the deadline is unachievable then we suggest that you appoint a proxy to vote on your behalf.  

You can scan and email the form to the team for quickness.

When your postal vote has been created, you will not be able to vote at the polling station. You will receive a 'postal poll card' confirming your postal vote at the forthcoming election.

Postal ballot packs should be received approximately 10 days before an election, depending on when you applied. This is an important consideration for people who need to vote from an overseas address, for whom a postal vote may not be the most suitable arrangement. You may wish to consider appointing a proxy instead, or contact the election team by emailing to discuss the best option for your situation.


Get in touch about elections

The quickest way to contact us is by using our online forms which are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. If you need to speak to us give us a call and talk to our Customer Services team who will be happy to help. Alternatively, you can email the service direct.