You can now apply for a postal vote online using the government's new application service. You will need to provide your National Insurance number when you make the application.
You can have a postal vote instead of voting in the polling station. This can be indefinitely or for a fixed period. You can also say whether you want to vote by post for a certain type of election (for example, general elections only).
When you apply for a postal vote you must provide your date of birth and a sample of your signature. When you cast your vote at an election you will need to provide this information again. We compare this to your original application to make sure that the person voting is the same as the person who applied for the postal vote.
We’ll send your postal vote to your home address or another address you specify (you must give a reason for your vote to go to another address). You must make sure that you return it to us by 10pm on election day – if your vote arrives after then it will not be counted.
If your postal vote does not arrive you can apply for a replacement, but you must do so by 5pm on election day.
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