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 7,000 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 register for the Electoral Roll online, you can opt for a postal vote at the same time.
However, if you are registering using the household registration form you will need to request a postal vote at a later date. You can do this online or by filling in an application form available from the Election 2020 Office. The closing date for postal vote applications is Friday 25 September 2020.
If you have already registered but have since decided that you would actually like to opt for a postal vote, then you can resubmit your details here and select the postal voting option. When you fill in all of your key details, you need to select ‘I have already registered to vote and would like to apply for a postal vote’.
When will I receive my postal vote?
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. 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.
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.