What is Postal Voting?
If you are unable to vote in person you can apply for a postal
vote. You may wish to use a postal vote for a number of
reasons. If your work or study regularly takes you away from
home; because you will be on holiday on polling day; because you
are in poor health; or simply because it is more convenient for
you. You can apply for a postal vote at any time of the year,
you do not have to wait until the election.
Who can vote by post?
Postal Voting is available to all registered electors on
request. Instead of voting at a polling station a ballot
paper is sent to the address as specified on the application
form. Postal votes can be sent to an address outside the UK,
but the length of time taken for the post to travel should be taken
Changes to Voting by Post
The Electoral Administration Act 2006 has changed the structure
of postal voting. The declaration and witness statement no
longer exist, being replaced with 'personal identifiers'.
When you receive your postal vote application you must enter your
date of birth and signature. This information will be
retained by the elections office and will be cross referenced at an
election. This will remain confidential and will only be used
for election purposes. When you receive your postal vote a
postal vote statement will need to be filled in using the same
information entered on the application. In order to vote by
post at any given election, the application must be received 11
working days prior to the election date.
click here to generate your own Postal Vote
application form. Remember, completed forms need to be
printed, signed, and returned by post, or scanned and e-mailed
Alternatively you can contact the Electoral Registration Office on
01234 276932 and request for a form to be sent to you by
How long can I have a postal vote for?
You can have a postal vote for the next election, a fixed period
of time, or a maximum of five years. If you choose five years
then we will write to you at the end of that period to allow you to
renew your application. If you move house your postal vote
will be cancelled and you will need to complete a new application
form. To cancel a postal voting arrangement at any other
time, you will need to write to the Electoral Registration