Postal and proxy votes

Postal votes

A postal vote is where we send you your ballot paper and you return it by post.

You can only apply for a postal vote if you have registered to vote.

You can find out about voting by post on GOV.UK. You can’t apply for a postal vote on GOV.UK. You can only apply through us.

Apply for a postal vote

To apply for a postal vote, you must ask us to send you a postal vote application form.

Download a postal vote application form

If you do not have access to a printer you can ask us to send a postal vote application form.

We will post the form to you as soon as we receive your request.

Once you have received your postal vote application form you will need to:

  • complete it
  • make sure you sign it
  • return it to us

You can scan the form and upload your postal application, or you can post the form to us.

Upload your postal vote application

So we can issue your postal vote, we must receive your application 11 working days before an election.

Once we have set your postal vote up, you won’t be able to vote at the polling station.

How to use a postal vote

We will send your postal vote pack to the requested address. We start sending them out the week before the election day.

You can find instructions about how to make your postal vote in your pack.

You can also find out about making your postal vote on GOV.UK.

If you make a mistake when you fill in your postal vote, you can correct the error and return the completed form to us.

If you can’t resolve the error, you need to contact us, so we can reissue your postal vote. We can’t reissue your vote until four working days before the election.

You should return your postal vote as soon as you can in the envelopes we provide.

You can return it:

  • by post
  • by hand at our offices, if it is before 5pm on election day

If you are returning your postal vote by hand on the day of the election, you can hand it in before 10pm at:

  • your own polling station
  • another polling station in your ward (for local elections)
  • another polling station in your parish (for parish council elections)

You can’t vote at a polling station if you have a postal vote.

Elections

Electoral Registration Officer and Returning Officer

Address: Causeway House,
Bocking End,
Braintree,
Essex,
CM7 9HB

Telephone: 01376 552525