Voting by post
Only electors who are (or will be) registered individually are entitled to apply for a postal vote.
Before you apply
Please note the following information about voting by post:
- your postal vote can be sent to your home address or any other address you specify
- you will need to provide a reason if you want your postal vote forwarded to a different address from where you are registered to vote
- your postal vote can be sent overseas, but you need to consider whether there would be time to receive and return your ballot paper by polling day
- your postal vote will usually be dispatched around 10 days before polling day
- if you have been sent a postal vote, you cannot vote at a polling station
- your postal vote should be posted back to us, or returned by hand to either our offices or a polling station within your ward or constituency
- your postal vote must reach us by 10pm on polling day for your vote to count
Apply for a postal vote
Before you start
You will need:
- the address where you are registered to vote
- your National Insurance number or other identity documents, for example a passport
- the specific date of the election or referendum you want to make a postal vote, if you only want a one-off postal vote
You will also need to upload a photo of your handwritten signature in black ink on plain white paper.
If you cannot provide a signature or one that always looks the same, you may be able to apply for a postal vote signature waiver within the service.
You might be asked for extra documents to identify you.