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Postal Voting

What is voting by post?

Voting by post is an easy and convenient way of voting. Anyone who is registered to vote can sign up for a postal vote, so long as you are aged 18 or over and eligible to vote.

You can download an application form to be printed off and completed. Details of how to return it can be found on the form. 

If you have recently moved house or changed your name, then you will have to register to vote again using your new details and you will need to re-apply for a postal vote.

You can apply for a postal vote for one election, a set period of time or permanently. Postal votes are sent out on average 10 days before polling day.

If you have registered to vote online, then please be aware that you are still required to complete a postal vote application form before you are registered as a postal voter. The form needs to be printed off and completed by hand as we require a handwritten signature, along with your date of birth for security reasons.

Even if you opt for a permanent postal vote you will still be legally required to refresh your signature every five years to ensure that we have an up to date signature for you. We will contact you when it is time for you to do so.

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