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

UK Parliamentary General Election - Thursday 4 July 2024 

The deadline for new applications to vote by post and to make changes to existing postal votes in the UK Parliamentary General Election is Wednesday 19 June at 5pm.

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. 

A postal vote can be held for a maximum of 3 years before expiring. Existing postal voters who wish to continue voting by post must submit a new application to renew their postal voting arrangement.

Apply for a postal vote

If you cannot provide a signature

The Electoral Registration Officer may grant you a signature waiver if you are unable to provide a signature under the following conditions:

• you are unable to sign in a consistent or distinctive way because of any disability

• you are unable to read or write.

Please contact the Electoral Services team for further information about applying for a signature waiver.

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.