Postal voting


If you are unable to go to your polling station on election day and if you are a registered elector, you can apply to vote by post.

You are eligible for a postal or proxy vote if:

  • you have a permanent physical incapacity, are registered blind or receive the higher rate of mobility component of the disability living allowances for a physical disability (the form requires the declaration that the information is correct from a doctor, nurse or warden of a home)
  • your work frequently takes you overseas
  • you will be on holiday when the election is taking place
  • you have moved house since you registered and are unable to go to your old polling station
  • you are working during all hours of voting, for example as a member of election staff


Voting by post is an easy and convenient way of voting if you are a registered elector and are unable to get to the polling station. To vote by post, you’ll need to fill in an application form and return it to Warwick District Council offices before 5pm on the 11th working day before election day. Contact us for a form (01926 456105 or email: or download a form from the aboutmyvote website.

How postal voting works

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. Postal votes are sent out a week before election day. Once you have received 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. 

How to complete a postal vote


  • In your envelope you will have 1. Envelope A - this is the envelope you will put your ballot paper in, 2. The ballot paper, 3. Envelope B
  • Cast you vote using the ballot paper
  • ON envelope A fill in your date of birth and sign in the box
  • Put the completed ballot paper in envelope A. Moisten the coloured strip and seal it
  • Insert envelope A in envelope B so the address shows in the window (it can be fiddly)
  • It has to be back with us by 10pm on 8th June 2017

NOTE: This video applies if you are completing a postal vote within the UK. If you are voting by post from abroad, your Envelope B will not have a window that Envelope A matches up with; however, you still insert Envelope A into Envelope B.

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