Anyone who is registered to vote can apply for a postal vote. You do not need a reason to vote by post.
How to apply
You can apply for a postal vote on the Your Vote Matters website by downloading the relevant form and returning it to us either by:
- emailing (firstname.lastname@example.org) 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
The deadline to apply to vote by post and to make changes to existing postal and proxy vote arrangements is 5pm eleven working days prior to an election, 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 polling day 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.
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
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 is 5pm eleven working days prior to an election.
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 (email@example.com) 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. The deadline for that to be received in order for it to be valid is 5pm eleven working days prior to an election.
Please note: you can only cancel your own voting arrangement but you cannot do it on someone else's behalf.