Voting by post

Voting by post is available to everyone, you may want to vote by post if you find you will be away on the day of an election, you’re unable to get to the polling station, or if you just prefer to complete your ballot papers at home.

Apply to vote by post

If you have not yet registered to vote then you will need to do this first – you can register online. You will be able to request a postal vote application form to be sent to you as part of your online application, and you must then return the postal vote form in order to put the arrangement in place.

If you are already registered to vote then you simply need to submit a postal vote application form.

Application forms are available to download and print off from the Electoral Commission’s About my vote website or you can contact our Electoral Services Team and request a form to be sent to you.

You can apply to vote by post at any time throughout the year, but an application must be received by 5pm, 11 working days before an election in order to be valid for that election. Please note that if you need an application to be sent to you in the post, then you must give enough time for us to post the form to you, and for you to return it to us before the deadline. By law, an application received after the deadline cannot be processed for those elections.

If you are applying to vote by post because you will be away on holiday for the date of the election, please check what the dispatch date of your postal vote will be so that you can ensure that your vote will be delivered to you before you leave. Postal ballot papers are usually sent out around a week and a half before the date of an election but you can find more information about the dispatch dates for a particular election on our election notices and results pages.

If you decide to vote by post, please return your completed voting pack immediately after you receive it as postal ballot papers must be received by 10pm on polling day in order to be included in the count. If you miss the post then you can deliver your completed postal vote to the address shown on envelope B of the pack, or to your local polling station on polling day during the hours of poll.

Any questions, please contact Postal Vote Officer Keith Patience on 01502 582283 or

Reproduced from Waveney District Council webpage.
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