The Council and democracy Postal votes

Apply for or cancel a postal vote

Apply online for a postal vote:

You can now apply online for a postal vote. You must be registered to vote before you can apply for a postal vote. 

As with registering to vote, we'll need to confirm your identity before we can process your postal vote application. You'll need this information to complete the application:

  • the address where you are registered to vote
  • your National Insurance number or other identity documents, for example a passport
  • the specific date of the election or referendum you want to make a postal vote, if you only want a one-off postal vote

You’ll also need to upload a photo of your handwritten signature in black ink on plain white paper.

If you cannot provide a signature or one that always looks the same, you may be able to apply for a postal vote signature waiver within the service.

You might be asked for extra documents to identify you.

Apply for a postal vote using a paper form:

If you want to apply for a postal vote using a paper application form, download a postal vote application form and email your completed form (as an attachment) to or send it by post to:

Electoral Registration Officer
Electoral Services Unit
Manchester City Council
Lawton Street
Manchester M11 2EZ

You cannot deliver your form in person to this address.

Help with your postal vote application

Postal vote application forms must be signed. If you’re unable to, you may be eligible for a signature waiver. Contact the Electoral Services Unit about this by email to or call 0161 234 1212.

Cancelling your postal vote

If you don't want to vote by post any more, please email us at with your full name and address and we can cancel this for you. Alternatively you can ring us on 0161 234 1212.

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