Absent voters

Voting by post

Anyone who is registered to vote can apply for a postal vote.

You can apply for just one election, for a specific time period, or for a permanent postal vote.

If you have applied for a postal vote, you cannot vote at the polling station. You must use your postal ballot paper. However you may return your postal vote to your local electoral registration office (before they close) or to the polling station (before 10pm) on election day if it is too late to post it.

If you are a registered postal voter who cannot cast your vote for some reason (e.g. you will be away on holiday) then you can appoint a proxy who can apply to vote by post on your behalf. For more information about this process, email elections@pendle.gov.uk

Keeping your postal vote safe

Voting is something you do in secret, and it shouldn't be shared with others - even members of your family.

When you get your postal voting papers, deal with them straight away. Don't leave them where someone else can find them, and don't let anyone else handle them.

When you're ready to vote:

  • Complete your ballot paper in secret, on your own
  • Don't let anyone else vote for you, or see your vote
  • Don't give your ballot paper to anyone else 
  • Make sure you sign the postal voting statement
  • Add your correct date of birth
  • Return the postal voting statement along with your ballot paper in the correct envelope 

If anyone tries to help you against your will, or force you to give them your postal vote, email Elections on elections@pendle.gov.uk,  or contact us.

You can also contact us if you need any help filling out your ballot papers, or you have difficulty posting them back to us. 

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