Elections - postal votes
Voting by post is an easy and convenient way of voting if you
are unable to get to the polling station.
To vote by post, you need to be on the electoral register. Then
you need to fill in a postal vote application form. You can
apply to vote by post here. After completing the form, you’ll
need to print it, sign it, and send it back to Registration
Services, Maidstone House, King Street Maidstone, Kent ME15
You need to sign your application form personally because the
electoral registration office needs a copy of your signature for
voting security reasons. We know it’s slightly less convenient than
submitting it online, but it helps to ensure the security of your
vote and is used to tackle electoral fraud.
Who can apply for a postal vote?
Anyone aged 18 or over who is on the electoral register can
apply for a postal vote. You do not need a reason to vote by
Where can I get my postal vote sent?
A postal vote can be sent to your home address or to any other
address that you give. Postal votes can be sent overseas, but you
need to consider whether there will be enough time to receive and
return your ballot paper by election day.
When will I receive my ballot papers?
Postal votes are usually sent out about a week before election
day. Once you’ve got it, mark your vote on the ballot paper and
make sure you send it back so that it arrives by close of poll
(which is 10pm on election day). If it arrives later than this your
vote won’t be counted.
When you get your postal voting papers:
- Put them somewhere safe
- Don't let anyone else handle them
- Make sure they are not left where someone else can pick them
When you want to vote:
- Complete your ballot paper in secret, on your own
- Don't let anyone else vote for you
- Don't let anyone else see your vote
- Don't give the ballot paper to anyone else
- Put the ballot paper in the envelope and seal it up
- Complete and sign the postal voting statement
- Put the postal voting statement and the envelope containing
your ballot paper into the larger envelope and seal it.
When you return your postal vote:
- Take it to the post box yourself, if you can
- If you can't do that, either give it to somebody you know and
trust to post it for you,
or ring your local electoral registration office, to ask if they
can collect it from you
- Don't hand it to a candidate or party worker unless no other
way is practical
- Don't leave it where someone else can pick it up
Remember that this is your vote - so keep it to
If anyone tries to help you against your will, or force you to
give them your postal vote, you should contact the police. If you
have any other queries, call 01622 602013.