There are changes to voting by post and applying to vote by post. 

These changes affect voters, parties and campaigners from November 2023.  

You can now apply online to vote by post. You will also need to prove your identity as part of the application process and reapply for a postal vote every three years.

The changes apply to:

  • UK Parliamentary elections, including by-elections and recall petitions
  • Local elections in England
  • Police and Crime Commissioner elections in England and Wales.

The changes to postal vote handling and secrecy will also apply to local and Assembly elections in Northern Ireland.

Long-term postal votes applied for before 31 October 2023 will now expire on 31 January 2026.