Postal voting

Anyone can apply for a postal vote - you don't need to give a reason.

You can vote by post if you live in the UK or if you're voting when abroad.

Apply for a postal vote

You can apply for a postal vote:

  • for a single election on a specific date
  • for a specific period
  • permanently

We must collect "personal identifiers" from all postal voters. These identifiers (signature and date of birth) are used to check postal votes cast at election time, in an attempt to prevent and detect electoral fraud and to protect your vote.

Once complete, please deliver the form to the Elections Office, Town Hall, St Aldate's, Oxford, OX1 1BX. Alternatively, you can scan the completed form and email it to

Changing where your postal vote is sent

You'll need to change where your postal vote is sent if you:

  • move house
  • will be away from home in the run up to election day (e.g. on holiday)

Either way, just make a new postal vote application.

Completing and returning your postal vote

When voting by post, you should:

  • complete your ballot paper in secret
  • complete the postal voting statement
  • put the ballot and statement in the envelopes provided
  • seal the envelope yourself

Post your ballot back as quickly as possible to make sure it's counted.

If you're too late to post your ballot paper back, you can hand it in to your local Electoral Registration Office or bring it to your local polling station by 10pm on polling day.

Replacement ballot papers

Contact us if you spoil or lose your ballot paper. You can get a replacement up to 5pm on election day.

You must collect it in person. If you spoiled your ballot paper, bring:

  • the spoiled paper
  • the rest of the ballot pack that was sent to you