If you don’t want to visit a polling station on election day you can apply to vote by post.
You can apply for a postal vote for just one election, for a certain length of time or permanently.
Your postal ballot paper can be sent to your home address and you should receive it about 5 days before election day. If you move house or change your name you will need to complete a new postal application.
The deadline to apply to vote by post is 5pm, 11 working days before an election.
How to vote by post
Once you are registered as a postal voter, you will be sent a Postal Voting Statement and ballot paper to your address prior to an election.
You will need to read the instructions that come with the pack carefully. As well as marking your vote on the ballot paper, you must fill out the Postal Vote Statement including your signature and date of birth. This is so we can check these details against your application to make sure no one else has used your vote. If your signature does not match the one you gave on your postal vote application, or your date of birth is different, your vote will not be counted.
Your completed postal vote pack must arrive no later than 10pm on election day. You can also hand in your completed pack at your local polling station on election day.
If you're unable to give your signature
In the following situations the council can decide that a signature is not needed and approve a 'waiver':
- if you can't provide a signature because a disability makes it impossible
- if you can't read or write
- if you're unable to sign in a consistent and distinctive way because of a disability or inability.
Please note your waiver form will need to be attested by someone to confirm you cannot provide a signature.
Request replacement papers
If you lose or spoil your postal voting papers you can request a replacement, which must be collected from the Electoral Services office at Gun Wharf up to 5pm on election day. In these circumstances voters will be asked to produce proof of identification. Contact the team on 01634 332 030
What we do with your information
The law requires that we provide the details of those who have appointed a proxy or chosen to vote by post to registered political parties, elected representatives and candidates in elections. There is no provision for you to withdraw your consent for this without cancelling your proxy or postal vote arrangement.
We will only use the contact details you provide to speak to you about your application. These details are not provided to anyone else.
Cancel your postal vote
You can cancel your postal vote if, for example, you decide you'd prefer to vote in person.