Postal Voters Refresh

Are you a postal voter? If yes, this information is for you. . .


We have a duty to collect a fresh signature from postal voters every five years to make sure we have an up to date signature.  This is very important because your signature is proof that you have cast your vote.


If the signature we have on file for you is 5 years old or more then we will send you a form called a Postal Vote Confirmation Notice.  We do this once a year and the next time will be on Monday the 30th of January 2017.

If you do not respond to the first copy we send you then you will receive a reminder on Monday the 20th of February 2017.



1) Why have I received a Postal Vote Confirmation Notice Form?

It has been 5 years or more since you gave us a copy of your signature so you could vote by post.


We need you to fill in the form and return it to us by Tuesday 14th March 2017.


If we have not received your completed form by the 14th of March 2017 you will no longer be able to vote by post in the elections or referendums you are entitled to vote in. 

This is because the next postal vote cancellations happen on Wednesday the 15th March.



2) What is included on my Postal Vote Confirmation Notice Form?  

The form will tell you which types of election you are currently entitled to vote at.


It will also include your date of birth and ask you to confirm whether this is right.


There will also be a section explaining what to do if you can not fill in the form (see question 4).



3) Why do you need my signature & date of birth?

Your signature and date of birth are what we call personal identifiers. 


We must have two personal identifiers to make postal voting more secure.


Having this information from you helps us to stop voting fraud and to make sure your postal vote has been completed by you.


Personal Identifiers are used to protect you and your vote.

Personal Identifiers are confidential and are only used by the Electoral Registration Office – they do not appear on the Electoral Register or any documentation used for an election.



4) What if I can't sign my signature any more or am unable to read or write?

You will need to request a waiver form from us. 


There is a section on the Postal Vote Confirmation Notice Form that you can tick which will tell us you need a waiver form.  Return this to us and we will send you the new waiver form.


Alternatively, you can give us a call at your local Electoral Registration Office.  See the Contact Us button at the bottom of this page.


If a waiver is granted, this will be for the signature only and you will still need to give us your date of birth.



5) What else do I need to know?

If you did not return your form by Tuesday the 14th of March 2017 and your postal vote was cancelled then this does not stop you re-applying for a postal vote again. 

If you wish to re-apply please complete a Postal Application Form and return it to us at your local Electoral Registration Office.

An electronic copy of the Postal Application Form can be found on our Application and Waiver webpage by clicking the button below:


Application & Waiver Forms


If you have a postal vote you cannot vote in person at the polling station on polling day.  However, you may drop your ballot paper into the polling station rather than the post box.


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