Deadline

Application deadline in England and Wales

The deadline to apply for a postal vote for the elections on 6 May 2021 is 5pm on Tuesday 20 April. You must also be registered to vote by midnight on Monday 19 April.

Application deadline in Scotland

The deadline to apply for a postal vote for the elections on 6 May 2021 is 5pm on Tuesday 6 April. You must also be registered to vote by midnight on Monday 19 April.

Overview

Make sure you're registered

To vote in any election in the UK, you must be registered to vote.

Find out if you're eligible to register and how to apply

Ask the electoral services team at your local council for help

If you're unable to print the application form or need it in an accessible format, contact the electoral services team at your local council for help.

Apply for a postal vote in Northern Ireland

If you're registered to vote in Northern Ireland, you must provide a valid reason as to why you can't attend your polling station in person.

This could be because of:

  • illness
  • disability
  • holiday
  • work arrangements

In certain circumstances, you can also apply for an indefinite postal vote. You can do this at any time of year.

Download the absent vote form and find out more from the Electoral Office for Northern Ireland.

If you registered to vote online, you'll need to provide your Digital Registration Number (DRN) on your application for a postal vote. 

If you're not sure if you already have a postal vote, contact the Electoral Office for Northern Ireland to find out.

British citizens overseas

British citizens overseas

If you're living outside the UK, be aware that overseas postal services may take much longer than posting within the UK.

Find out more about voting as a British citizen overseas

If you lose your ballot paper or fill it in incorrectly

If you lose your ballot paper or fill it in incorrectly

You can get a replacement ballot paper in person from your Returning Officer at your local electoral registration office up until 5pm on polling day.

Voting in person

If you have a postal vote, you can't vote in person on polling day.

You can take your postal voting pack to your polling station on polling day if you want to though.

Contact your local authority if you want to cancel your postal vote.

Why you need to give your date of birth and signature to get a postal vote

Last updated: 3 February 2021
Next review: 11 September 2020