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Apply to Vote by Post

You may choose to vote by post at an election if you cannot or do not wish to attend your polling station.

From Tuesday 31st October, you can now apply online if you want to vote by post. You will need to provide your date of birth, national insurance number, and signature as part of your application. 

Your application to vote by post can be:

  • made for a single election, for a specified period or for a maximum of 3 years (at the end of the 3 years you will need to re-apply)
  • sent to your home address or another address specified by you
  • sent overseas, but you need to consider whether there would be time for you to receive and return your ballot paper by polling day

Postal ballot papers (voting slips) are usually dispatched about 2 weeks before polling day. Completed postal ballot papers must be returned to Basildon Council or to a relevant polling station by 10pm on polling day.

Please note if you have been sent a postal ballot paper, you cannot vote in person at a polling station.

To find out everything you need to know about voting by post, please visit: Electoral Commission - Voting by Post (opens new window)

To apply for a postal vote

To apply for a postal vote online, please visit: GOV.UK - Apply for a Postal Vote (opens new window)

If you need help applying to vote by post or you would like us to send you a paper application form through the post, you can contact us by email the Electoral Services team

Any completed postal vote application forms should be returned to:

The Electoral Registration Officer
Basildon Borough Council
The Basildon Centre
St Martin's Square
Essex SS14 1DL

Further information and enquiries