How to vote

Vote by post

If you are registered to vote you can apply to be a postal voter.

If you have recently moved house or changed name, you will need to register at your new address. If you were a postal voter at your old address, you will need to make a new application to vote by post at your new address.

You can apply for a postal vote for different time periods:

  • one election
  • a set period of time
  • permanently

If you are a postal voter, you are not permitted to vote at a polling station.

Postal votes are sent out around two to three weeks before election day.

If you live overseas, you will need to consider how long it may take your postal vote to arrive as this could affect us receiving your vote in time to be counted. You may wish to apply for a proxy vote instead.

Apply for a postal vote

To apply for a postal vote for future elections, please print off the postal vote application form, complete it and return it to us in the post (Freepost RMBC ELECTIONS). We can accept a scanned copy by email to, but it must be clear enough for us to use.

How postal voting works

Every time you vote by post, we will send you a postal voting statement along with your ballot paper(s). You need to complete this with your signature and date of birth and return it to us. The signature and date of birth on the statement will be checked against your original application to make sure nobody else can use your vote. It is very important that you are extra careful when completing your postal vote application and make sure you sign the same way each time.

If your signature and/or date of birth do not match, then your postal vote will be rejected and your ballot paper would not be included in the count. If this happens, we will write to you within three months of the election to let you know and you may be asked to provide a new specimen signature.

If you request to have a permanent postal vote, we will write to you every five years to request a fresh specimen signature.

If you can't sign the application form or you are not able to provide a consistent signature, you may be able to apply for a signature waiver. If accepted, you would not need to sign the postal voting statement. For more information, please email

The deadline to apply for, amend or cancel a postal vote is 5pm on the eleventh working day before an election.

If the signature and/or date of birth provided on your postal voting statement do not match

Cancelling or amending your postal vote

If you no longer wish to have a postal vote, you need to let us know in writing, providing your full name, full address and you must sign the letter.

If you wish to amend you postal vote, please complete a new postal vote application form

Voting by post as a proxy

If you have been set-up to vote as a proxy for somebody, you can apply to vote for them by post.

You will need to complete a postal proxy application form. For more information and the application form, go to the proxy voting page.

If you set-up at postal proxy, you and the person you are proxy for are not permitted to vote at a polling station.