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Postal Voting

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What is Postal Voting?

If you are unable to vote in person you can apply for a postal vote.  You may wish to use a postal vote for a number of reasons.  If your work or study regularly takes you away from home; because you will be on holiday on polling day; because you are in poor health; or simply because it is more convenient for you.  You can apply for a postal vote at any time of the year, you do not have to wait until the election.

 

Who can vote by post?

Postal Voting is available to all registered electors on request.  Instead of voting at a polling station a ballot paper is sent to the address as specified on the application form.  Postal votes can be sent to an address outside the UK, but the length of time taken for the post to travel should be taken into consideration.

 

Changes to Voting by Post

The Electoral Administration Act 2006 has changed the structure of postal voting.  The declaration and witness statement no longer exist, being replaced with 'personal identifiers'.  When you receive your postal vote application you must enter your date of birth and signature.  This information will be retained by the elections office and will be cross referenced at an election.  This will remain confidential and will only be used for election purposes.  When you receive your postal vote a postal vote statement will need to be filled in using the same information entered on the application.  In order to vote by post at any given election, the application must be received 11 working days prior to the election date.

Please click here to generate your own Postal Vote application form.  Remember, completed forms need to be printed, signed, and returned by post, or scanned and e-mailed to electoral.registration@bedford.gov.uk.  Alternatively you can contact the Electoral Registration Office on 01234 276916 and request for a form to be sent to you by post.

 

How long can I have a postal vote for?

You can have a postal vote for the next election, a fixed period of time, or a maximum of five years.  If you choose five years then we will write to you at the end of that period to allow you to renew your application.  If you move house your postal vote will be cancelled and you will need to complete a new application form.  To cancel a postal voting arrangement at any other time, you will need to write to the Electoral Registration Office.

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