What is a postal vote?
You can apply to vote by post at all elections, for just a particular election or, if you are going to be away from home for a period, for a holiday for instance, or for all elections between certain dates.
A ballot paper can be sent to your home address or another address of your choosing but you must enter the reason why you wish your postal vote to be redirected. This can be an address outside the UK, but remember this may take longer to reach us. If received after the close of poll, will not be counted.
When completing the declaration in Part 6, please ensure that your date of birth and signature are entered correctly in the boxes provided.
Once your postal application has been accepted,you will not be allowed to vote in person at your polling station, even if you are able, after all, to vote in person.
Postal ballot papers can now be handed in to a polling station in your electoral area on polling day. This will then be taken with the ballot box to the count venue.
To ensure your vote is counted, please ensure that the Declaration of Identity has been completed and everything is sealed in the correct envelopes.
If you will be unable to take receipt and return a postal ballot paper by the close of poll you may wish to consider appointing a proxy who will be entitled to vote on your behalf.
Applications must be returned by post, as we have to have your signature on the form.
If you are unable to sign in a consistent or distinctive way because of any disability or you are unable to read or write the please contact the elections office. You may be exempted from providing a signature.