Voting at the polling station, by post and by proxy

Voting by post

UK parliamentary general election – Thursday 8 June 2017

The first batch of postal voting packs for the general election will be despatched on 22 May by Royal Mail. In order to be included in this batch, you must have returned a completed application to the Electoral Services Office by 12pm on 2 May.

If you will be going away before 22 May until after 8 June, a postal vote will not be suitable for you and you will need to apply for a proxy vote.

The final batch of postal voting packs will be despatched on 30 May. In order to be included in this batch, your completed application must have been received into the Electoral Services Office by the final deadline of 5pm on 23 May.

About voting by post

Postal votes are now available 'on demand'. You must be registered to vote before requesting a postal vote. You do not need to give a reason why you want one. You may choose to vote by post if you simply think that it would be more convenient for you.

How to apply?

You must apply in advance, by 5pm 11 working days before an election day.

Download the postal vote application form (GOV.UK) print off, complete and return the form to us. Alternatively contact the Electoral Services Team and we will send you a form.

To return your completed form, you can:

  • Return your form by post or in person to The Hinckley Hub, Rugby Road, Hinckley, LE10 0FR
  • Alternatively, upload your form using our online contact form

You are strongly advised to complete and send in your application early. Don't wait until the election date is known.

About voting by post

Postal votes can be permanent or just for a particular election. For example, if you are going away on holiday you might want to vote by post just for one election.

Although we may send ballot papers to addresses outside the United Kingdom, electors wishing to vote by post should bear in mind the length of time taken for post to travel in either direction.

If you have recently moved house and still wish to vote by post, you must apply for a new postal vote. You have the option to request a new postal vote application form when you re-register to vote at your new address.

How to check if you have a postal vote

If you wish to know whether you have a postal vote please contact the office and we will confirm whether your postal vote has been set up.

How to cancel your postal vote

If you wish to cancel your postal vote you will need to send us a signed letter requesting that we cancel your postal vote. This will need to be cancelled by the same deadline of applications for a postal vote, 11 working days prior to an election.   

What to do when you receive your postal ballot paper

You will receive instructions on how to complete your postal vote with your ballot paper. It is essential that you complete the statement of identity form and return it with your ballot paper. You will also receive a pre-paid envelope to return the ballot paper. If you have a postal vote you cannot vote in person at a polling station. You can, however, hand in the completed form at a polling station within your area if you haven't got time to post it.

Last updated: 25/04/2017 12:02

Was this page helpful?

Was this page helpful?

To contact us about a service, please use our online contact form.