Postal voting

Anyone can apply for a postal vote. The cut-off time for requesting a postal vote is 5pm – 11 working days before the day of the election. Ballot papers will be sent to you no later than 9 working days before polling day.

Please print and complete our Application to vote by post form then scan it to:

A digital photo of the entire, completed application can be submitted via email if you are unable to scan and email.

Or return by post to Electoral Services, Mid Sussex District Council, Oaklands, Oaklands Road, Haywards Heath, RH16 1SS.

The ballot paper can be sent to:

  • Your home address
  • A different address where you will be staying on the day of the election
  • Abroad

Please note:

Postal votes cannot be sent until after the candidate nomination process has closed and ballot papers have been printed. Postal votes will arrive no earlier than twelve working days before polling day.

If you are abroad – and outside Europe – you may not have enough time to send back your ballot paper before the election. It may be better to apply for a proxy vote instead. See below for more information.

Proxy voting

Proxy voting is sending someone to the polling station to vote on your behalf.

Please see the Proxy vote application form for more details of how to do this.

The cut-off time for requesting a proxy vote is 5pm  – 6 working days before polling day.

To appoint an emergency proxy after this deadline – please contact us using the information below

Emergency proxy

In certain circumstances, where you have an emergency that means you cannot go to the polling station in person, you can apply for an emergency proxy up to 5pm on the day of the poll.

See here for more information on voting by proxy.

Special rules are being introduced for polling station voters who are told to self-isolate up to and including on polling day. If you are in this situation, please call us for tailored advice.

Contact us

Tel: 01444-477003

Last updated: 16 February 2021