Anyone can apply for a postal vote for all elections, or for a particular election - you do not need to give a reason. The ballot paper can be sent to your home address, or to any other address where you will be staying on the day of the election. We can send your ballot papers to addresses abroad, but we cannot guarantee that there will be enough time to send these back before the election, particularly outside of Europe. In these cases, it may be better to appoint a proxy to vote on your behalf.
Please be aware though that postal votes cannot be sent until after the nomination process has closed and ballot papers have been printed. Therefore we anticipate postal votes arriving no earlier than twelve working days before polling day.
The last time for the receipt of applications for postal votes is 5pm, 11 working days before the day of the election. These later applications would be in a second dispatch of postal packs around 9 working days before polling day.
Sending your postal vote back
A proxy is somebody who goes to your polling station and votes on your behalf. You are required to give a reason why you require a proxy, and if you choose to vote by proxy for all future elections you will need to provide evidence to back this up.
The last time for the receipt of applications for proxy votes is 5pm 6 working days before polling day. New legislation has introduced a provision to appoint an emergency proxy after this deadline, please contact the Elections Office if you need to do this.
Absent Voting - Personal Identifier Challenge
Every 5 years every absent voter, postal or proxy, will be required to renew their signature and date of birth. When these challenges are received please complete and return them as soon as possible to avoid the existing absent vote being cancelled.
The Elections Office can be contacted on 01444 477003 or email email@example.com.