How to vote by post
If you do not want to go to the polling station in person, you can ask to vote by post.
A postal vote means that you are sent the ballot paper to complete at home and will need to send it to your local council using the pre-paid and addressed envelope they provide.
If you are already registered to vote you can find out how to register for a postal vote on this My Vote My Voice webpage.
Voting by post means:
- You can vote before voting day
- You don’t have to go to the polling station
- You can take more time to complete your vote.
You might want to vote by post if:
- You are going to be busy on voting day
- You might not have someone you trust to support you at the polling station on voting day
- You want to avoid travelling, queues and crowds of people
- You might feel uncomfortable or pressured at the polling station.
What happens when you vote by post?
If you are registered to vote by post you will receive a postal poll card in the post.
You will be sent the postal poll card before the deadline to vote by post.
The postal poll card will come with instructions for you to follow. You might want to ask someone to support you to follow these instructions.
When you have completed the postal poll card put it in the envelope that came with it.
Put this in your local letter box.
You have to vote by post before voting day. There is a deadline and it will be on the instructions that came with your postal poll card.
Try not to miss the deadline.
If you do miss the deadline you can take your completed postal poll card to your local polling station on voting day.
You need to register to vote by post
You need to be registered to vote if you want to vote by post.
When you are registered to vote you need to tell your local council that you want to vote by post. This is called registering for a postal vote.
There will be a deadline to register for the postal vote before each election.
Preparing to vote by post links and resources
It is important to think about who you want to vote for and what you will do to vote before voting day.