Voting by post or proxy

Voting by post means we will send you a posting voting pack so you can complete your ballot paper at home and return it in the post when elections take place. Voting by proxy means someone you trust voting on your behalf.

Apply for a new postal vote

If you are not already registered to vote, you must register before applying for a postal vote. The deadline to register to vote at an election is midnight, 12 working days before polling day. Register to vote online.

5pm on the 11th working day before polling day is the deadline to:

  • submit your application to vote by post at a particular election
  • cancel or make any changes to your voting method, if you have an existing postal or proxy vote

Apply online 

The quickest way to apply is online through Apply for a postal vote.

You’ll need to provide your National Insurance number, as well as submitting a photograph of your signature. If you do not have a National Insurance number, you can provide a different kind of evidence of your identity. 

Apply for a postal vote

Apply by paper form

If you are unable to apply online, you can download, complete and submit a paper application form. 

Download a copy of the paper application form

Submit your completed paper postal vote application form

Get a paper postal voting application form sent to you

If you cannot apply online, you can ask for a paper postal voting application form to be sent to you. We’ll send a freepost reply envelope for you to return your completed form in.

Request a paper postal vote application form