Applying to vote by post or proxy

If you are registered to vote, you can vote by post or proxy instead of going to your polling station yourself. This is also known as absent voting.

Applying to vote by post

How to apply

Please download and fill in the application form (pdf, 66kb) and send it to us.

If you can't apply online

Contact us by emailing electoral services.

You can ask for a postal vote for:

  • all elections until further notice
  • a particular election only or
  • a specific period

If you choose the long-term option, we will write to you every five years to ask you to renew your application, as we have to ask you for a new specimen signature and confirmation of your date of birth in order to continue the arrangement.

If you move house, your postal vote will be cancelled, and you will need to complete a new application form.

Cancelling your postal vote

You can change your mind and cancel this at any time, as long as we receive your request at least 11 working days before an election.

The easiest way to do this is by emailing electoral services giving your full name and address, and the date from which you wish to cancel your postal vote.

Receiving your postal vote

You can have your postal vote sent wherever you wish.

However, if you want your ballot paper to be sent to an address other than the one at which you are registered to vote, you have to tell us the reason why you want us to do this.

We can refuse to send your ballot paper to the alternative address you have requested if we are not satisfied with the reason given. We will tell you if this is the case.

Last updated: 01 August 2017