Register to vote

Postal vote

Voting by post is an easy and convenient way of voting if you are unable to get to the polling station.

You need to provide your signature and date of birth on the application form:

Every time you vote by post, you need to fill in a postal voting statement with your signature and date of birth. The signature and date of birth on the statement will be checked against your original application to make sure nobody else can use your vote. It is very important that you are extra careful when completing your postal vote application and make sure you sign the same way each time.

If you are unable to provide a consistent signature please contact Electoral Services at and we will be able to advise you.

Who can apply for a postal vote?

Anyone who is registered individually can apply for a postal vote. You do not need a reason to vote by post.

Where can I get my postal vote sent?

A postal vote can be sent to your home address or to any other address that you give. Postal votes can be sent overseas, but you need to consider whether there will be enough time to receive and return your ballot paper by 10pm on election day

Returning a completed application form

We cannot accept electronic signatures. Please complete the application using back ink and return via any of the following:

Electoral Services
Hambleton District Council 
Civic Centre
Stone Cross
Rotary Way


When will I receive my ballot papers?

Postal votes will be sent out as soon as practicable after the close of nominations. The expected date you should receive your ballot paper is on your postal poll card. Once you've got it, mark your vote on the ballot paper, complete the statement and make sure you send it back so that it arrives by close of poll (which is 10pm on election day). If it arrives later than this your vote won't be counted.

When you get your postal voting papers:

  • read the enclosed instructions
  • mark your vote on your ballot paper in secret
  • complete your postal vote statement
  • Instructions on correctly completing your ballot paper pack are included each time you recieve a postal vote
  • post it back yourself as soon as possible (return postage is not included if you are posting it back from outside the United Kingdom)

You must return your postal vote by 10pm on election day. If it arrives later than this, your vote will not be counted.

Further information

For more information contact Electoral Services on 01609 779977 or

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