How to vote

Vote by post

You can vote by post if you don’t want to vote in person at a polling station.

Apply for a postal vote

Since Tuesday 31 October:

  • all postal vote applications require ID verification
  • postal votes are now only set up for a maximum of 3 years and you will have to submit a new postal vote application after that time

Find out more about the changes on The Electoral Commission's website.

If you've changed your address since your last application, apply for a new postal vote at the new address.


By post or email

Postal vote application forms are available to download and print from the Electoral Commission’s website.

Completed forms can be either be:

  • scanned and emailed to [email protected]
  • posted to:
    Electoral Services
    The Gateway,
    Gatehouse Road,
    HP19 8FF

If you're unable to print the form, call 01296 798 141.

When to expect your postal vote

If you have a postal vote in place, you will be sent a postal poll card a few weeks before the election which will tell you when the election is due to take place and give details of your postal voting arrangements.

Filling out the postal vote

The Electoral Commission have instructions on how to vote by post. Paper instructions on how to complete and return your postal vote are also provided as part of the pack.

Request a replacement ballot paper

If we have sent you a postal vote ballot paper and you have either lost or damaged it, you can request a replacement by emailing [email protected].

If you've left it too late to post your ballot paper

Take it to your local polling station by 10pm on election day.