If you would prefer not to in person at a polling station, you can vote by post or nominate another person to vote for you by proxy.
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You do not need to provide photographic ID when applying to vote by post or when returning your ballot.
How to apply for a postal vote
You need to verify your identity when you apply for a postal vote.
You can do this by providing your National Insurance number.
If you can't provide a National Insurance number, or we aren't able to verify your identity with it, we'll ask you for more identification.
You can download a postal vote application form and complete it by hand.
To ask for help filling in the form, or to ask us to send you a form email us email@example.com
You can apply to vote by post for a specific election or for all future elections. We do not need to know why you want to vote by post.
You cannot vote in person if you have applied to vote by post.
Your ballot paper may not arrive until about a week before election day. You need to consider whether there is enough time to receive and return your ballot paper before voting closes. Ballot papers that arrive after this time will not be counted.
If this is not convenient, nominating a proxy to cast your vote on your behalf might suit you better.
Help with signing
You must sign your application form yourself. No-one else may sign it for you.
If you find it difficult to sign your name consistently, for example if you have a disability, download the proxy and postal waiver application form below.
Print and complete this form. Send both this and your postal or proxy vote application form to us using the address at the bottom of this page.
If you're an overseas voter, you will need to include the address where you were last registered to vote in the UK on the application form.
There is a section on the form for your correspondence address. Include your overseas address in this section.
Refreshing your application
You must refresh your application every three years or if your signature has changed.
We will contact you when you need to refresh your application to vote by post.
You will need to return a fresh signature so we can update our records.
If your signature has changed, for instance if you have changed your name, please contact us so we can send you out a form.
How to vote by post
You will receive your postal voting pack shortly before polling day. We must receive it back by 10pm on polling day.
Inside the pack you will find the following paperwork:
- a quick guide to help you to cast your vote
- a postal voting statement with space for your date of birth and signature
- at least one ballot paper (there may be multiple ballot papers if there are multiple elections being held on the same day)
- an envelope marked with the letter A also marked with your ballot paper number(s)
- an outer return address envelope marked with the letter B
You need to follow the instructions carefully and return your postal vote correctly. If you do not return everything back to us or you complete your pack incorrectly then your vote may not be counted.
Send all completed forms to the address below.
New Forest District Council
Phone: 023 8028 5445