Postal voting is open to all voters
Voting by post enables voters to take part in the election without needing to visit a polling station. It is available to all registered voters – not just people who may be away at the time of the election. For some people it may be an easier and more convenient way of voting.
Given the emergence of COVID-19 in 2020, the Director of Public Health has advised that those who remain vulnerable or at risk and need to continue to shield should be encouraged to use postal voting.
At the 2018 referendum approximately 3,000 voters opted for a postal vote. We have already received over 14,000 requests for postal votes for this General Election. Opting for a postal vote means you can vote at a time that is convenient to you. You can take as much as time as you want to fill in the ballot paper from the comfort of your home, and you can safely return your vote in the post (or to a polling station if you wish). It removes the need to visit a polling station to cast your vote. If you want to apply for a postal vote, you must do so before Friday 25 September, 2020.
Request a Postal Vote
If you have already registered but have since decided that you would like to opt for a postal vote, then you can apply for a postal vote here. An easy read guide to help you change to a postal vote is available here and you can download the postal vote form that this guide covers here if you would prefer to do it this way.
When will I receive my postal vote pack and how do I use it?
Your postal vote pack will be posted to you a short time after nominations close in September 2020 and the candidates’ names have been added to the ballot paper; please note your ballot paper may arrive before the combined manifesto document. The postal vote pack will contain instructions on how to complete and return your postal vote to us. If you miss the postal deadline your completed postal vote pack can be taken to any polling station and given to a Polling Station Official.
An easy read guide with instructions on how to use the postal vote pack is available here.
What if I miss the return postal deadline?
Completed postal votes may also be dropped off to any polling station if the return postal deadline has been missed. A postal vote can only be accepted at a polling station if it is accompanied by the ID verification form and return envelope issued in the postal ballot pack. That is, it must be handed to the polling station staff exactly as it would have been put in the post. A postal vote without the accompanying form and envelopes can not be accepted by polling station staff and the votes will not be counted.