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Voting by post
What is a postal vote?
If you don’t want to visit a polling station on election day you
can apply to vote by post. Complete the Postal
Vote Application Form (242Kb PDF) and upload it to
apply to vote by post.
You can apply for a postal vote for just one election, for a
certain length of time or permanently.
Your postal ballot paper can be sent to your home address or any
address of your choice for you to complete. If you move house or
change your name you will need to complete a new postal
The deadline to apply to vote by post is 5pm, 11 working days
before an election.
When will I receive my ballot paper?
You should receive your postal ballot paper about 5 days
before election day.
How do I vote by post?
Once you have completed your application form, you will be sent
a Postal Voting Statement and ballot paper to the address
requested. You will need to read the instructions carefully, mark
your vote on the ballot paper and fill out the Postal Vote
Statement including your signature and date of birth. This is so we
can check these details against your application to make sure no
one else can use your vote.
If your signature does not match the one you gave on your postal
vote application, or your date of birth is different, your vote
will not be counted.
Put your ballot paper and Postal Voting Statement in the correct
envelopes provided and send it back to the council as soon as
possible. If it arrives later than 10pm on election day your vote
will not be counted. You can also hand in your completed ballot
paper at your local polling station on election day.
In some limited situations the council can decide that a
signature is not needed.
For example if:
- you cannot provide a signature because a disability makes it
- you cannot read or write
- you are unable to sign in a consistent and distinctive way
because of a disability or inability.
If this applies to you, request
a waiver form.
Replacements for lost or spoilt postal voting papers can be
collected from the Electoral Services office at Gun Wharf up to 5pm
on the day of the poll. In these circumstances voters will be asked
to produce proof of identification.
Cancelling your postal vote
Cancel your postal vote.
It is now too late to cancel your postal vote for the upcoming
elections on 7 May, however you can still cancel your postal vote
for future elections.