Apply for a postal vote
To apply for a postal vote, you must download, print and fill in the postal vote application form.
Once you have completed the form and made sure you have signed it, you need to return it to us.
You can scan the form and send it to us online, or you can post the form to us.
We must receive your postal vote application at least 11 working days before the election, so that we can issue your postal vote.
The deadlines are:
- 5pm on Monday 15 April 2019 for the local and parish elections on 2 May
- 5pm on Wednesday 8 May 2019 for the European election on 23 May
If we do not receive your application in time, you will still be able to vote at the polling station on the election day.
Casting your postal vote
We will send your postal vote pack to the requested address. We start sending them out three weeks before the election day. If you have applied for a postal vote close to the deadline, we will send out your pack in a later mailing.
You can find instructions about how to cast your postal vote in your pack.
You can also find out about casting your postal vote on GOV.UK.
If you make a mistake when completing your postal vote, you can correct the error and return the completed forms to us.
However, if you can’t clearly resolve the error, you need to contact Electoral Services, so we can reissue your postal vote. We can’t reissue your vote until four working days before the election.
You should return your postal vote as soon as you can in the envelopes we provide.
You can return it:
If you are returning you postal vote by hand on the day of the election, you can hand it in before 10pm at:
- your own polling station
- another polling station in your ward (for city council elections)
- another polling station in your parish (for parish council elections)
You can’t vote at a polling station if you have a postal vote.