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Guidance on completing your postal vote application

This guide will help you to fill in your application for a postal vote.


  • You can apply to vote by post for a particular election, for a set period of time, or for all future elections.
  • You do not have to give a reason for your application unlessyou are requesting re- direction of your postal vote to a different address (other than the registered address). Postal votes can be sent to any address, either in the UK or abroad.
  • You must give your signature and date of birth on the application. This information will be retained and compared to the signature and date of birth on the security statement sent to you with the ballot paper. It is needed to prevent fraud.
  • Please ensure that you sign with a black pen entirely within the grey shaded box and write your date of birth in full within the boxes provided in the form of 'DD MM YYYY'. You must also write the date you sign the application in the space provided.
  • If you cannot sign this form please contact the electoral officer using one of the contact numbers shown above, or email your enquiry to
  • Your application must be returned to the address shown above. To be allowed in time for an election, it must be received in the electoral services office by no later than 5.00pm, eleven working days before polling day.
  • Postal ballot papers will be sent to electors already on the list of postal voters between two and three weeks before polling day. If you apply for a postal vote within four weeks of an election taking place your ballot paper may not arrive until a week before polling day.