If you are going to be away on polling day you can apply to vote by post or proxy (where someone votes on your behalf).

Voting by post

If you wish to vote by post, you need to download, complete and submit an application form:

Download a postal vote application form

You can apply to vote by post:

  • for a single election on a specific date
  • for a specific period of time
  • permanently.

You can submit your application form either by email or post using the details at the bottom of this page.

Completing your form

When you complete your postal vote application form, remember to give your full name, address, date of birth and signature. This is important because your signature and date of birth are checked against those on your original application, to confirm your identity. Your personal information is separated from your ballot paper before it is looked at or counted, so giving this information will not affect the secrecy of your vote.

Signature problems

If you are unable to provide a signature or sign in a consistent and distinctive way, please contact the Elections Office. The Electoral Registration Officer may grant you a 'waiver' of the requirement to provide a signature, subject to an extra form being witnessed on your behalf.

When will my postal vote be sent out?

Postal votes can only be sent out once the deadline to become a candidate has passed and ballot papers have been produced and printed. For specific dates as to when postal ballot packs will be sent out for an election/referendum, please contact Electoral Services using the details below.

Important notes for postal voters

  • if you have a postal vote for an election or referendum, you will not be able to vote at the polling station. You can hand your completed postal vote in at any polling station in Lambeth on polling day between 7am and 10pm.
  • if you wish to cancel your postal vote, you need to confirm, in writing, the cancellation of your postal vote no later than 5pm, 11 working days prior to the date of the election/referendum.
  • if you change address, you will need to make a new application to vote by post - your voting preference will not be carried forward to your new address.

Voting by proxy

If you’re unable to vote in person you can ask someone you trust to vote on your behalf. This is called a proxy vote. If you wish to vote by proxy, you need to download, complete and submit an application form:

Download a proxy vote application form

You can submit your application form either by email or post using the details at the bottom of this page.

Who can be my proxy?

You can appoint anyone as your proxy, as long as they are:

  • over 18 years old
  • eligible to vote in the election/referendum
  • registered to vote themselves
  • able to travel to your allocated polling station in Lambeth (unless they apply to vote by post as proxy - please read below).

A proxy cannot act for more than two people at any one election/referendum, unless they are a close relative (defined as your spouse, civil partner, parent, grandparent, brother, sister, child or grandchild).

How does my proxy vote for me?

Your appointed proxy will need to vote in person at your allocated polling station in Lambeth (you can look up where this is by clicking here). They do not need to take any ID with them.

If the person you appoint as proxy is unable to attend your allocated polling station, they can apply to vote by post as proxy instead. Your proxy needs to download, complete and submit an application form:

Download a postal proxy vote application form

Your proxy can submit their postal proxy application form either by email or post using the details at the bottom of this page.

Please return completed application forms to:

London Borough of Lambeth
Electoral Services
Town Hall
2 Brixton Hill
London SW2 1RW
Email: postalvotes@lambeth.gov.uk

All application forms must be signed by hand to be valid. If you are unable to provide a consistent signature please contact electoral services for assistance. If you are sending your form by email please ensure it is in either PDF or JPEG format and is of a sufficient image quality to be scanned. Please do not submit your application form via a share site as we may not be able to access it.