Voting by post
How can I vote by post?
Voting by post is an easy and convenient way of voting if you are unable to get to the polling station. This section tells you how voting by post works.
To vote by post, you need to be on the electoral register. Then you need to fill in a postal vote application form. Please contact us and we will post an application form to you. Alternatively you can go to the Your Vote Matters website. After completing the form, you’ll need to print it, sign it, and send it back to us.
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 post.
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 two weeks 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 up
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 yourself
- 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 your 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 yourself
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, ring us.
Keep your postal vote safe
Voting by post is an easy and convenient way of voting if you are unable to get to your polling station on the day of an election. But remember, your postal vote is for you, and nobody else.
Find out more about voting at Your Vote Matters.
Luton Borough Council, Town Hall, George Street, Luton, Bedfordshire, LU1 2BQ
Tel: 01582 510380