If you can't vote in person, one option is to cast your vote by post. It is an easy and convenient way of voting if you are unable to get to the polling station.
If you would like to apply for a postal vote, you can apply to vote by post.
On the application form you are required to provide your date of birth and your signature. These will be used to verify your ballot paper when you return it, so please ensure they are both correct before returning your application form. You can scan and email your application to email@example.com.
It is a legal requirement for postal voters to refresh their signature every 5 years (Section 60A of the Representation of the People Regulations). We undertake this request in January every year.
We contact relevant postal voters by letter and ask that the form is completed with a current signature. The form also gives you the option to tell us that you are now longer able to sign. Each letter contains an envelope in which the completed form should be returned to an address in London.
Please read the guidance notes carefully. We require you to provide us with your current signature which should be written in the box on the form. We also ask that you give us your date of birth but this information is optional. The please return the form in the envelope enclosed.
If you are now unable to provide a signature due to illness or disability you (or your helper) should place a tick in the second box down on the left side of the form. The please return the form in the envelope enclosed.
If you no longer wish to vote by post you should place a tick in the first box on the left hand side of the form and return it in the envelope enclosed.
If we have not received the form back by the date stated on the letter we will remove your postal vote. You would then have to cast your vote in person in the polling station, OR make a new application.
When will I receive my ballot papers?
Postal ballots can only be sent out once the deadline to become a candidate has passed and the ballot papers have subsequently been produced and printed this is usually from 5-11 days prior to the date of the election.
One you've got it, mark your vote on the ballot paper and make sure you send it back as soon possible so that it arrives by 10pm on election day. If it arrives later than this, your vote won't be counted.
If you're not able to send it back by post in advance you can hand your postal vote in at your local council on the day or you can also drop it off at any polling station in your Ward on election day.
Yes. If you change address, you will need to make a new application to vote by post or proxy - your voting preference will not be carried forward to your new address.