Voting by post
Anyone on the electoral register whose details have been confirmed through the Individual Electoral Registration process can apply to vote by post. You can arrange to have a postal vote for a particular election, for a set period or for an indefinite period. Postal votes can also be sent to an alternative address if there is a good reason.
How does the postal vote system work?
If you apply to vote by post, you will not be able to vote in person at that election. Instead, you will be sent a postal vote pack shortly before polling day. Please read the instructions in the pack carefully before completing your postal ballot paper.
As part of the process you will be required to complete a postal voting statement which is a security measure. It will not affect your vote or mean it can be identified. Postal votes should be completed and returned as soon as possible - the Returning Officer must receive your vote by 10pm on polling day. If it is received after this time your vote will not be counted.
If you have applied for a postal vote you will receive a 'postal poll card' in advance to confirm the address to which the postal vote pack will be sent. This will also tell you when to expect your postal vote pack to arrive.