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Postal and proxy voting
There will be a parliamentary general election 12 December 2019.
The deadlines to participate in this election are:
- apply for or cancel a postal vote / change an existing proxy vote – 5pm on Tuesday 26 November
- apply for a new proxy vote – 5pm on Wednesday 4 December
We strongly advise voters based overseas to arrange a proxy vote, due to potential delays with delivery and return of postal votes from overseas.
To qualify for a postal vote you must first be registered to vote. If you intend to request a postal vote, we recommend you register to vote well in advance of the deadline, in case we need to ask you for ID to verify your identity. If you have a One Account, you can check whether you’re registered to vote.
Please note that to request a postal vote, you must complete and sign a postal vote application form and return it by post or hand, or email a scanned copy of the form to firstname.lastname@example.org. Electronic signatures are not acceptable but scanned versions of original signatures are.
When your vote will arrive
If you were fully registered to vote with an accepted application for a postal vote by midday on 1 November 2019, we currently expect to post your postal vote on or around 28 November 2019. If your postal vote is being sent to an overseas address, we expect to post your postal vote on or around 21 November 2019.
If your postal vote application is accepted after 1 November 2019 but before 15 November 2019, we currently expect to post your postal vote on or around 30 November 2019.
If your postal vote application is accepted between 16 November and the deadline of 5pm on 26 November 2019, we currently expect to post your postal vote as soon as possible in the week of 2 December 2019.
Please note these dates are provisional and subject to change. We will update them as we receive more detailed information from our print and mail supplier.
Postal votes to overseas destinations will be prioritised and sent out first. However, if you’re overseas we strongly recommend that you nominate a proxy to vote for you rather than apply for a postal vote.
Postal votes are always sent by first class post.
Vote by proxy
You can appoint someone else to cast your vote on your behalf if you have a valid reason: for example, if you are ill, are unable to get to a polling station or are abroad during the election. You will have to give a reason why you cannot vote in person and your application may need to be supported by your doctor or employer.