Vote by post
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.
Local elections 2 May 2019
You can no longer register to vote by post in these elections. The national deadline to register for a postal vote for the 2019 local and parish elections was 15 April.
If you registered for a postal vote by 8 April your postal vote pack will be despatched on 18 April (17 April if going to an overseas address).
If you registered for a postal vote between 9 and 15 April, your postal vote pack will be sent on 23 April. All packs are sent by first class post.
If you have not received your pack by 26 April, or you lose or spoil it, you can ask for a replacement pack (see 'request replacement papers' section below).
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.
The deadline to apply for a waiver for the local and parish elections 2019 has now passed.
Request replacement papers
If you lose or spoil your local and parish elections 2019 postal voting papers you can request a replacement, from 26 April. Due to the tight timescales the replacement pack must be collected from the Electoral Services office at Gun Wharf up to 5pm on election day.
If you have spoilt the pack you must bring the whole pack with you before we can issue a replacement. You must show photographic ID as proof of your identity. 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.
Protect your vote
Watch this short video about protecting your postal vote.