How to vote by Post

Postal voting


You can vote by post instead of voting by going to your local polling station.

You can apply for a po​stal vote at any time of the year but you need to apply for a postal vote by 5pm on the 11th working day before the election you want to vote in.

If you ask for ballot papers to be sent to an address which is not the one where you are registered to vote, you will have to give us a reason for the change.

We try to ensure applications are successful and correct any errors. However, if there is an error on your postal vote application and the deadline for applications has passed, you cannot vote by post in that election. You can vote in person at your polling station.

Your completed postal vote must be received by us on or before polling day to be counted in the election.

If you have a postal vote, you cannot vote in a polling station instead. You can complete your postal vote and deliver it by hand to any polling station.

Apply for a postal vote​

Please complete the form and return it to [email protected]

How do I vote by post?

Once your postal vote application is successful, your ballot papers will be sent out to you about 11 calendar days before polling day in a special envelope with instructions on how to complete your ballot paper.

You must:

  • Complete your ballot paper in secret – it is your vote, do not share it with anyone else.
  • Sign and put your date of birth on the postal voting statement – if these do not match to our records, your vote will not be counted.
  • Put the completed ballot paper and postal voting statement in the envelope provided.
  • Return it to us by 10pm on polling day.  You do not need a stamp. If you don’t post it in time, you can deliver it by hand to a polling station or our offices.

Security

The signature and date of birth on the postal vote statement that you return with your ballot papers are checked against the signature and date of birth on your postal vote application.

Renewing Your Postal Vote signature

After five years, you will be sent a form requesting a new copy of your signature. This is required by law, as signatures can change over time.

If your postal vote is rejected at an election because your signature or date of birth does not match our records, we will send you a letter after the election to inform you and asking you to update your signature.

You can download and print postal vote application forms from the Electoral Commission website and send to [email protected]. You can also submit a postal vote application by post to:

Electoral Services
Room 38
Newham Town Hall
Barking Road
London
E6 2RP