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Apply for a postal vote (paper forms)

Use this form to apply to vote by post. You'll need to send the completed form to your local Electoral Registration Office.

Applies to England, Scotland and Wales

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It is no longer possible to apply for a postal vote in the General Election on 4 July 2024.

If you live in England, Wales or Scotland

If you have registered to vote, you can get someone else to vote on your behalf (a proxy). If you want to apply for a proxy vote, you must apply by 5pm on 26 June 2024.

If you live in Northern Ireland

It is no longer possible to apply for a postal vote for the General Election on 4 July 2024. 

You can apply for an emergency postal vote by post if you have a medical condition that could not have been foreseen before 14 June or because you are employed to deliver the election.

An application for an emergency postal vote arrangement must reach the Electoral Office by 5pm on 26 June 2024.

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

Send the completed form to your local Electoral Registration Office.

If you use assistive technology and need an accessible version of this document, contact your local Electoral Registration Office.

Other ways to apply 

You can apply online for a postal vote

Published 10 June 2014
Last updated 31 October 2023 + show all updates
  1. You can now apply online for a postal vote. The paper application forms have been updated by the Electoral Commission.

  2. You can no longer apply for a postal vote for elections taking place on 5 May 2022. You can still apply for a proxy vote.

  3. Correction: we have updated the deadline for submitting a postal vote application to before 5pm on Tuesday 19 April.

  4. If you are registered to vote and want to vote by proxy in the 5 May 2022 elections, you must submit a proxy vote application form that is received by your local Electoral Registration Office before 5pm on Tuesday 26 April 2022.

  5. If you are registered to vote in Scotland, you are no longer able to apply for a postal vote for the elections on 6 May 2021. You can still apply for a proxy vote.

  6. Updated to include new forms.

  7. If you are registered to vote in England or Wales and want to vote by post on 6 May 2021, you must submit a postal vote application form that is received by your local Electoral Registration Office before 5pm on Tuesday 20 April. If you are registered to vote in Scotland and want to vote by post on 6 May 2021, you must submit a postal vote application form that is received by your local Electoral Registration Office before 5pm on Tuesday 6 April.

  8. Attachments updated.

  9. Forms updated to comply with the new data protection laws.

  10. Information added to explain that it's now too late to apply by post for the 3 May elections.

  11. Information added for the 3 May election deadline.

  12. Updated forms

  13. Updated postal vote form for England

  14. Updated postal vote form

  15. Added Welsh language form

  16. Form updated.

  17. First published.

  1. Step 1 Check if you can vote

  2. Step 2 Register to vote

    You need to register to vote in elections and referendums. You need to register again if you have changed your name, address or nationality.

    1. Register to vote online
    1. Register to vote using a paper form
  3. Step 3 Decide if you want to vote in person, by post, or by proxy

    1. Find out the different ways you can vote
  4. Step 4 Get ready to vote in person

    1. Check what ID you need to vote

    Contact your local electoral registration office to find your polling station or to find out what to do if you have accessibility needs.

    1. Contact the local electoral registration office
  5. or Apply for a postal vote

    In England, Scotland or Wales:

    You must apply no later than 5pm, 11 working days before the election.

    1. Apply in Northern Ireland
  6. or Apply for a proxy vote

    In England, Scotland or Wales:

    You must apply by 5pm, at least 6 working days before polling day.

    1. Apply in Northern Ireland
  7. or Get ready to vote as a proxy

    1. Check what ID you need to vote

    Contact the local electoral registration office of the person you are a proxy for to find their polling station or to find out what to do if you have accessibility issues.

    1. Contact the local electoral registration office
  8. Step 5 Vote in person

  9. or Vote by post

    1. Vote by post
  10. or Vote as a proxy for someone else