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How to vote

Voting by post

Anybody who is on the electoral register can apply for a postal vote, you don't need to give a reason. The application process is now online.

You can apply for a postal vote for one election, just a specific period or permanently.  A postal vote can be sent to your home address or to any other address that you choose, but please be aware of how long it may take to arrive as this could affect us receiving your vote in time.

When you vote by post, you are required to complete a Postal Voting Statement and return it with your ballot paper. You will need to provide your signature and date of birth.  We check this against the signature and date of birth of your application so that nobody else can use your vote.  So please be extra careful when completing your Postal Vote Application and make sure you sign the same way each time.

If you cannot sign or cannot sign in the same way, you can apply for a signature waiver.

When you receive your postal vote please follow the instructions included in the pack, complete your ballot paper in secret, put it in the envelope provided, seal the envelope yourself and post it back.

The closing date for applying for a postal vote prior to an election will be displayed on our Current Elections page.

Last updated Monday, 27th November 2023

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