Voting by post

How to submit your application

You can submit your application by post, by hand, or by email.

If you are returning your application close to a deadline, the best way to do this is by sending a clear, scanned version by email. All applications must have a handwritten signature.

You can apply to vote by post (Aboutmyvote website) if you are unable to go to your polling station on election day, or if you simply prefer to vote by post.

Applying for postal vote

You are required to give your:

  • signature
  • date of birth
  • address you want the ballot paper to be sent to, if different from the address at which you are registered to vote. You are required to state the reason for this.

Otherwise your application will not be accepted.

We require this information by law, and for the security of your postal vote.

Problems providing a signature

You may be granted a waiver if you cannot provide a signature for the following reasons:

  • You are unable to sign in a consistent or distinctive way because of a disability
  • You are unable to read or write

This means you might not be required to provide a signature. However, you will need to give your date of birth.

Voting at a polling station

You will not be able to vote in person at the polling station once you have applied to vote by post, unless you cancel your postal vote facility.

However, you can bring your completed postal vote into any polling station in the borough on polling day but you must bring it in the envelopes supplied. 

To cancel your postal vote you should write to us at least 11 working days prior to any election held in Wandsworth.

Absent Vote Signature Refresh

If you have been asked to provide updated personal identifiers for your postal or proxy vote, further information is available from Postal/Proxy Vote Signature Refresh.