Vote by post in 2021

In these uncertain times the option to vote by post is even more important than normal.

On Thursday 6th May elections are taking place across Thames Valley, including for the Police & Crime Commissioner.

Anyone can apply to vote by post so if you will be away on polling day, working late or simply wanting to avoid a crowded polling station, why not get a postal vote to ensure your voice is still heard?

It is never too early to apply to vote by post, so why not apply today...

You can choose either to vote by post or to appoint someone else - a proxy - to vote on your behalf.

To find out more about voting by post, please visit the Government's official site at:

From this site, you can download an application form to vote by post.

You can also download a form by clicking the link at the bottom of this page.

Simply print the form out, complete the details and send it to the local Electoral Registration Officer at the local council's offices.

In order to register to vote by post for the elections on 6th May your application must be received by your local council by 5pm on Tuesday 20th April.

How it works

Your council will send postal voting forms to all registered postal voters in the two weeks before polling day.

If you have not received your postal vote five days before an election, you will need to contact your council's Elections team.

Your postal voting pack will contain your ballot paper(s) and a 'Postal Voter’s Statement'.

Complete the form as instructed and return it to us, in the envelope provided, before 10pm on polling day. We cannot accept any postal votes we receive after this time.

If you don’t return it by post, you can hand in your completed and sealed postal vote pack at our elections office or at a polling station in your area.

Voting in an election

If you have not received your postal voting pack five days before an election, you will need to contact your local council. They will be able to confirm if you have been set up for a postal vote and whether they can send you a replacement.

If you are set up to vote by post, you are unable to be issued a ballot paper at the polling station. Postal votes can only be re-issued up to 5pm on the day of an election.

You must let the your council know in advance if you have not received your postal vote.

Cancelling a postal vote

If you are already set up with a postal vote and you would like to change this to vote at the polling station or vote by proxy instead, then you must cancel your postal vote by the postal vote deadline.

You can only cancel a postal vote by letting your council know in writing. 

Overseas voters

If you are living overseas and the postal service is unreliable or post takes a long time to reach you, then you can apply for a proxy vote instead.

How to complete a postal vote

If, when you have received your postal voting pack, you are unsure what to do, why not check out the video below which gives simple step-by-step instructions:


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