Running electoral registration - England

Determining postal vote applications close to a poll

If an elector applying for a postal vote close to the deadline for a poll fails the DWP check, their application can be determined using the exceptions or attestation process up to and including polling day. However, whilst the processing of applications is the responsibility of the ERO, the RO is responsible for the issuing of postal ballot packs and producing polling station registers. You should liaise with the RO (where you are not also the RO) to establish the latest practicable point for determination of postal vote applications for that poll so they can plan the subsequent issuing of overseas and domestic postal votes and produce complete and accurate polling station registers.

Whatever determination decision you make, you must write to the elector to notify them.1  Our guidance on confirming the outcome of postal vote applications contains more information.

Last updated: 22 February 2024