How do I apply to vote by post?
Fill in the postal vote application form.
Make sure you complete all sections of the form and supply your date of birth and signature. Your
date of birth and signature are needed on this application form, and again when you use your postal
vote. This information is needed to prevent fraud. If you are unable to sign this form, please contact
your electoral registration ofce.
Return your form to your electoral registration ofce. You can nd their details at yourvotematters.co.uk
Please do not return your form to The Electoral Commission.
You must return your postal vote application form by 5pm, 11 working days before the poll.
If you are not already registered to vote, your application to register must have reached your electoral
registration ofce by midnight, 12 working days before the poll.
This form and these deadlines do not apply in Northern Ireland. Visit eoni.org.uk for more information.
Voting by post
Voting by post is an easy and convenient way of voting if you are unable to get to the polling station.
You can use this form to apply to vote by post for a particular election or referendum, for a set period of
time or for all future polls. Postal votes can be sent to addresses in the UK and abroad.
In England and Wales you must be 18 or over on polling day to vote.
In Scotland you must be 16 or over on polling day to vote in local elections and elections to the Scottish
Parliament. You must be 18 or over to vote in elections to the UK Parliament and European Parliament.
Application to vote by post
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If you have any questions about voting by post, go to yourvotematters.co.uk or contact your electoral
registration ofce.
In England and Wales, the electoral registration ofce is based at your local council. In Scotland, it may
be a separate ofce.
For contact details, go to yourvotematters.co.uk
Staff at electoral registration ofces will only use the information you provide for electoral purposes.
They will look after personal information securely, follow the Data Protection Act 1998 and they will not
give your personal information to anyone else unless they have to by law.
More information
When an election or referendum is going to be held, your ballot paper will be sent to you in the post.
To nd out when your ballot paper will be issued you can contact your elections team at your local council.
Make sure you return your postal vote so that it arrives by the close of poll, otherwise it will not be
counted. A Freepost envelope is included in your postal ballot pack. But, if you are sending it from
overseas, you may need to pay the postage.
If it is too late to send your vote back by post, you can hand it in on polling day to the elections team
at your council, or drop it off at certain polling stations.
What happens after I’ve returned this form?
Application to vote by post
1 About you 3
Address for ballot paper (If different
to your registration address)
Surname
First name(s) (in full)
Your address (where you are registered to vote)
Postcode
Telephone no (optional)
Email (optional)
Providing an email and telephone number
gives a quick and easy way to contact you
about your application.
Please send my ballot paper to (address):
Postcode
The reason I’d like my ballot paper sent to this
address, rather than my registered address is:
2 How long do you want a postal vote for?
I want to vote by post (tick one box only):
until further notice (permanent postal vote)
for the elections/referendums to be held on
D M Y YD M Y Y
for the period
from
D M Y YD M Y Y
to
D M Y YD M Y Y
Only one person can apply to vote by post using this form
Please write in black ink and use BLOCK LETTERS. When you have completed every section and
signed the form yourself send it to your electoral registration ofce. You can nd their address at
yourvotematters.co.uk.
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4 Your date of birth and declaration
Declaration: As far as I know, the details on
this form are true and accurate.
I understand that to provide false information on
this form is an offence, punishable on conviction
by imprisonment of up to two years and/or a ne.
Date of birth: Please write your date of birth in
the boxes below using black ink.
D M Y YD M Y Y
Signature: Sign below using black ink, keeping
within the grey border.
If you are unable to sign this form, please
contact your electoral registration ofce.
5 Date of application
Today’s date
D M Y YD M Y Y
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