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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.

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