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3. Postal votes

If you are unable or do not wish to vote at a polling station, you can apply to vote by post instead.

Forms can also be requested by contacting us online (select "Other Service"). 

Completed postal vote applications must be received by 5.00 pm 11 working days before an election. Remember that if you have got a postal vote you will not be able to vote at a polling station, even if you do not use your postal vote.

In the case of a postal vote, a ballot paper will be sent to an individual in advance of the election (usually 8 working days before polling day) and, upon the return of the completed ballot paper, the vote will be included with those cast at polling stations.

Postal votes can be sent abroad but you will need to be sure that there will be sufficient time to receive and return the postal pack.  If in doubt, you may wish to consider appointing a proxy to vote on your behalf.