Voting by post

Anyone who is registered to vote can apply for a postal vote. You do not need a reason to vote by post. We have additional FAQs relating to postal voting.

How to apply

You can apply for a postal vote on the Your Vote Matters website by downloading the form, filling it in and returning it to us either by:

  • emailing an image of it to us (this can be a scanned copy or a photograph, but please ensure that the image is legible or your application will be rejected)
  • or posting it back to us at this address: Electoral Services Civic Centre Lampton Road Hounslow TW3 4DN

A Parliamentary General Election is taking place on Thursday 8 June 2017. You can vote in this election if you are registered to vote in the UK. The deadline to apply to vote by post and to make changes to existing postal and proxy vote arrangements is 5pm on Tuesday 23 May, however the earlier you apply to vote by post, the sooner you will receive your postal vote pack. We need to receive your postal vote by 10pm on Thursday 8 June 2017 for it to be counted. Once your application to vote by post has been processed, you will receive a confirmation letter which will confirm how long your postal vote arrangement will be in place for.

Please see below for the timetable of when postal votes will be dispatched:

When will postal ballot papers be sent?

For the Parliamentary General Election taking place on 8 June 2017, postal ballot papers will be dispatched around Friday 19 May 2017* for anyone:

  • Who was already registered to vote by 3 April 2017 or who made a successful application by 6 April 2017 to register to vote (i.e. they were added to the electoral register published on 2 May 2017)
  • and
  • Was already registered as a postal voter for this election or whose application to vote by post was received by Tuesday 25 April 2017

*If you are a registered overseas elector and the above criteria applies to you, your postal vote will be sent around Wednesday 17 May 2017.

Postal ballot papers will be dispatched around Tuesday 30 May 2017 for anyone:

  • Who made a successful application after 6 April 2017 to register to vote (i.e. they were added to the electoral register after 2 May 2017)
  • and
  • Whose application to vote by post was received after Tuesday 25 April 2017

All postal ballot papers are sent out by First Class post with Royal Mail. If a registered postal voter has not received their postal vote four working days before an election (Friday 2 June 2017 for the General Election), they can obtain a replacement from that day until 5pm on polling day. It is not possible to issue replacements any earlier than this (with the exception of when a person who has already received their ballot paper has made a mistake when completing it and needs a replacement). For more information about obtaining a replacement ballot paper visit our FAQs.

What are the alternatives to postal voting if you are going to be away on polling day?

If you do not think you will be able to receive your postal vote before you go away or you will not have enough time to receive and return a postal vote then please apply to appoint a proxy to vote on your behalf instead. More information about voting by proxy is available here.

Unable to sign or complete a postal vote application due to disability/impairment

Please contact Electoral Services to request for a waiver application form. The waiver application form will mean someone else can assist on your behalf and you will not have to sign the form as well as the postal vote pack as it will be waivered. The deadline to apply for a waiver at the General Election on 8 June is 5pm on Tuesday 23 May.

Cancelling your postal vote

You must cancel your postal vote in writing. You should send a signed letter to confirm that you want to cancel your postal vote as a scanned attachment by email or by post to Electoral Services (address as above).

If, however you wish to change from postal vote to proxy vote, please complete a proxy application on the Your Vote Matters website by downloading the form, filling it in and emailing to us or posting it back to us. This will override your existing postal vote arrangement. However, the deadline for that to be received in order for it to be valid for the General Election is 5pm on Tuesday 23 May 2017.

Please note that you can only cancel your own voting arrangement, you cannot do it on someone else's behalf.

Further information about voting by post

For further information relating to your postal vote pack, including how to complete it and how to obtain a replacement, please read our Postal Vote FAQs