Guidance for Returning Officers administering Local Government Elections in England

Who can hand in postal votes?

An individual can hand in their own postal vote as well as postal votes for up to five other people per poll taking place.  

However, if the individual confirms that they are a political campaigner, they are only allowed to hand in their own postal vote and up to five others per poll. These must either belong to a close relative, or to someone for whom they, or the organisation which employs or engages them, provides regular care.

Close relatives are an individual’s spouse, civil partner, parent, grandparent, brother, sister, child or grandchild. Two people living together as if they were a married couple or civil partners are treated as such.

Where an individual is handing in postal votes for electors for whom they are acting as proxy, the number of postal votes that they can hand in for other people is reduced by the number of proxy postal votes that they are handing in.  

Who cannot hand in postal votes? 

  • Political campaigners cannot handle postal votes for other electors who are not close relatives or someone for whom they provide regular care
  • Individuals who are under 18 are not allowed to hand in postal votes to a polling station
  • Individuals who have already handed in the maximum permitted number of postal votes for an election are not allowed to hand in any further postal votes for that election
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