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.
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.
Your postal vote is yours alone
When do I need to return my postal vote by?
Once 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.
How to vote by post
1. When you get your postal voting papers
Put them somewhere safe
Don't let anyone else handle them
Make sure they are not left where someone else can pick them up
2. When you want to vote
Complete your ballot paper in secret, on your own
Don't let anyone else vote for you
Don't let anyone else see your vote
Don't give the ballot paper to anyone else
Put the ballot paper in the envelope and seal it up yourself
Complete and sign the postal voting statement
Put the postal voting statement and the envelope containing your ballot paper into the larger supplied envelope and seal it.
3. When you return your postal vote
Take it to the post box yourself, if you can
If you can't do that, give it to somebody you know and trust to post it for you
Don't hand it to a candidate or party worker unless no other way is practical
Don't leave it where someone else can pick it up
Do I need to apply again if I have changed address or changed my name?
Yes. If you change address or change your name, 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.