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Apply for a postal vote, get a replacement ballot paper if you have spoiled or lost yours or cancel your postal vote.

Anyone who is registered to vote can apply to become a postal voter. For security reasons we require both your signature and date of birth, these details must match those you previously provided.

Voting by post is an easy and convenient way of voting if you are unable to get to the polling station. Ballot papers will be sent to your address before polling day so that you can cast your vote and return it by post.

The application deadline to vote by post in the local elections must be received by 5pm on 15 April 2019. 

How to apply for a postal vote:

  1. You must be registered to vote or have already made an application.
  2. Please complete this form and return to the following address:

    Electoral Services
    Holt Road
    NR27 9EN

Cancel a postal vote

If you don't want to vote by post anymore please contact the Elections team at or call 01263516046.

Spoilt and damaged ballot papers

If you have damaged or spoilt your postal vote, you can get a replacement until 5pm on polling day. Do not destroy or throw away your postal ballot papers. You will need to return them before you can get a replacement. 

Why haven't I received my postal ballot papers?

If you applied in time to be included in the 1 April 2019 register update, your postal vote will likely be part of the first batch of postal votes sent out on 10 April 2019 and you should receive it by around two weeks before the poll.

If you apply for a postal vote between this time and the 5pm deadline on 15 April 2019, your Postal vote will be dispatched in the second postal vote dispatch date which is 18 April 2019.

If your postal vote hasn’t arrived by Friday 26 April 2019 (4 working days before polling day), or you lose it, you can get a replacement ballot paper in person from your local elections office, up until 5pm on polling day. Please bring some identification with you.

Further advice and guidance

If you want to discuss any aspect of postal vote security please contact the Elections team.

The Your Vote Matters website has further information on voting by post at an election or referendum.