To be allowed to vote by post, you must be on the electoral register
You can apply to vote by post at any time. You don't need to wait until we announce an election.
You can download application forms from the GOV.UK website.
GOV.UK: apply for a postal vote
You need to provide your details including your date of birth and you must sign the form. If you cannot provide your signature, we may give you a waiver.
When to send in your application
We must receive new applications by 5pm, 11 working days before an election.
Posting your vote
You postal vote ballot paper will tell you how to vote by post, along with the date and time by which we need have received your vote.
Royal Mail has 35,000 'Priority Post Boxes'. These all have late collection times, many also have an earlier collection, and some have collections between 3pm and 5pm on both Saturday and Sunday. You don't have to use a Priority Post Box for your postal vote but if you need to find one, go to Royal Mail: services near you.
Changing or cancelling your postal vote
You can change or cancel your postal vote before 5pm, 11 working days before an election.
You cannot vote at a polling station once we've sent you a postal vote, although you can hand your postal vote into your polling station if you prefer.