Ealing Central & Acton

Vote by post

In order to register for a postal vote, you can complete a Postal Vote Application

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 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 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 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 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 your local electoral registration office - you can get their contact details on the electoral commission site by following the Postal Vote Application link above.

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