Voting by post is an easy and convenient way of voting if you are unable to get to the polling station.
Applying to vote by post
Only electors who are (or will be) registered individually are entitled to apply to vote by post.
You can now register to vote online. Please visit gov.uk/register-to-vote to register. If you’d prefer to download a form and fill it in by hand, you can do that too. Download a voter registration form from GOV.UK
For further information on registering, you should contact your local electoral registration office.
- in Poole Borough - email@example.com Tel: 01202 633097
- in East Dorset - firstname.lastname@example.org Tel: 01202 795078
- in Purbeck - email@example.com Tel: 01929 557219
Once you are registered individually you need to fill in a postal vote application form.
Where do I send my form?
Your postal vote application should be sent to your local electoral registration office.
- The Electoral Registration Officer, Borough of Poole, Civic Centre, Poole, Dorset, BH15 2RU
- Purbeck District Council, Westport House, Worgret Road, Wareham, Dorset, BH20 4PP
Why do I need to sign my form?
You need to sign your application form personally because the electoral registration office needs a copy of your signature for voting security reasons. We know it’s slightly less convenient than submitting it online, but it helps to ensure the security of your vote and is used to tackle electoral fraud.
Who can apply for a postal vote?
Anyone who is individually registered 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 set to your home address or 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.