Voting by post
You must apply for a postal vote if you want to vote by post, for example if:
- you’re away from home
- you’re abroad and want to vote in England, Scotland or Wales
You do not need to give a reason unless you’re voting in Northern Ireland.
Apply for a postal vote
You can apply to vote by post:
- for a single election on a specific date
- for a specific period if you want to vote in England, Scotland and Wales
If you live in Northern Ireland there’s a different form to apply to vote by post.
Completing and returning your postal vote
When voting by post, you should:
- mark your vote on your ballot paper in secret
- fill in the postal voting statement
- put the ballot and statement in the envelope provided
- seal the envelope yourself
Post your ballot back as quickly as possible to make sure it’s counted.
If you’re too late to post your ballot paper
In Northern Ireland, take it to your local Area Electoral Office before they close.
Change where your postal vote is sent
Make a new application for a postal vote if you move house or you’ll be away from home when the postal vote is sent out.
There’s a different form for Northern Ireland.
Replacement ballot papers
Contact your local Electoral Registration Office (returning officer in Scotland) to request a replacement ballot paper.
Collect it in person. If you spoiled your ballot paper, bring:
- the spoiled paper
- the rest of the ballot pack that was sent to you
England, Wales and Scotland
You can get a replacement for a lost or spoilt ballot paper up to 5pm on polling day.
You can get a replacement for a spoilt ballot paper up to 5pm on the day before the election. You cannot get a replacement for a lost ballot paper.