Elections and Voting

Postal voting

If you are registered to vote but can't vote in person on the day of an election, you can vote by post. You can do this for a single election or indefinitely.

Please note: Changes to postal voting came into effect on 31 October 2023. The changes include:

  • You can now apply online to vote by post.
  • You now need to prove your identity as part of the application process. Both online and paper applications require ID verification.
  • You can hold a postal vote for a maximum period of three years. You will need to reapply at the end of that time.

How to apply for a postal vote

Postal vote applications, as well as further guidance, are available online from the Electoral Commission’s website.

Your postal vote will then be sent to your specified address before the election.

Your postal vote must be received before close of poll at 10pm on election day.

Postal votes can be sent overseas, but you must make sure you have time to receive and return your vote. If you think this may be difficult, a proxy vote - where you appoint someone to cast your vote for you - could be more suitable.

If you have any difficulties, please use the online form linked below or visit the Watford Town Hall Customer Services Centre in person for assistance.

Further information

Read further information about postal voting on the GOV.UK website or the electoral commission website

To find out more about postal voting you can contact us online contact form or by calling 01923 278369.

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