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* Postal, proxy and overseas voting
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Postal voting

Any person on the electoral register may apply to vote by post.

A personalised application form will be supplied by our Electoral Services office and should be completed and returned no later than 18 April.

In considering your choice of voting method you should:

  • Be sure that your postal vote is secure and cannot fall into the wrong hands.
  • Be free to make your own vote without influence from others.
  • Be aware that if you are registered to receive a postal vote you cannot be issued with a voting paper at your polling station.

Your postal vote will be delivered to your address approximately 2 weeks before the election. There are three steps to postal voting:

1. Choose the candidate(s) you wish to vote for and mark the voting papers in the usual way.

2. Complete the statement of secrecy to properly identify yourself as the person voting. This statement must be completed accurately and completely for your vote to count.

3. Secure your completed ballot papers in the special envelope provided, place this, with the attached statement of identity, into a larger envelope addressed to the Returning Officer. You can either post this to the Returning Officer, deliver it by hand to the Returning Officer or deliver it by hand to a Polling Station on election day (4 May). Whichever method you choose, your vote must arrive before 10pm on election day.
Proxy voting

If you are unable to get to the polling station on 4 May you can vote by proxy. This means appointing someone to vote on your behalf. If you want to vote by proxy you must apply to the Electoral Services office before 25 April. In a medical emergency, attested by a doctor, you may now apply to vote by proxy up to 5pm on polling day.

Overseas voting

If you are a British citizen living abroad, you can apply to be an overseas voter. As long as you were registered to vote in the UK within the last 15 years, you can register to vote from overseas. If you were too young to register when you left the UK, your parent or guardian must have been registered.

For more information see the Electoral Commission's guide to absent voting (PDF).

 

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