Applying for a Postal Vote
going to be away on Polling Day?
too busy during the day to get to a Polling Station?
more likely to vote if you could do it at home?
Postal voting is the easiest and simplest way to make sure that your vote counts. Anyone who qualifies to vote can have one. You can apply to have a postal vote for one election if you’re going on holiday or have it for every election if you’d prefer.
Just download the form below and send back to us at our office address or direct to your local council.
The local council will send you your ballot papers in the post at least 11 days before the actual Election Day.
You complete the form, vote and then post it back to the Council.
The Council will check your signature and date of birth to make sure it is you, and then count it in the normal way on polling day.
If you forget to post your vote back, you can take it (completed and sealed in the envelope) to any polling station in your council area - right up to 10pm on polling day.
Applying for a Proxy Vote
If you are going to be away before the postal votes are sent out by the local council and on polling day, you can appoint someone as your proxy. This means that they vote on your behalf, in person at a polling station.
You can arrange a proxy vote by contacting the office and one of our volunteers can act as your proxy.
If you have a medical emergency after the deadline to apply for a proxy, you can apply to vote by emergency proxy if the emergency means that you cannot go to the polling station in person.
You can also apply to vote by emergency proxy if your occupation, service or employment means that you cannot go to the polling station in person, and you only become aware of that fact after the deadline.
You can apply for an emergency proxy vote up to 5pm on polling day.
Contact our office on 01278 423110 for more information.