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Postal voting

How to apply

You must first be registered to vote at the correct address before you can apply for a postal vote. If you need to register, go to the national registration site.

You can apply for a postal vote by completing the Postal vote application form (PDF 55KB) and returning it to the below address:

Electoral Services

Level 2

Town Hall

The Headrow

Leeds LS1 3AD

If you have moved house or changed your name, you need to register to vote again and re-apply for a postal vote.

You can apply for one election, a set period of time or permanently.

If you opt for a permanent postal vote you are still be legally required to refresh your signature every five years to make sure we have a copy of your current signature. We will contact you when it is time to do so. ​

Click to expandWhat if I am unable to sign?

If you are unable to sign, because of a disability or illness, you are unable to read or write or are unable to sign in a consistent or distinctive manner, you are entitled to apply for a waiver. Please complete the application form combined with a signature waiver request (PDF 1.3MB).​​​​​​​

Click to expandCan someone vote by post on my behalf?

No, you will need to apply for a postal proxy vote. It works the same way as a postal vote but the person you nominate to vote on your behalf, known as your proxy, receives and fills in and posts the ballot for you. Please use the proxy form (PDF 1.2MB).​​​

Click to expandIf I apply for a postal vote, will I still be able to vote in person?

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No. Once you have been given a postal vote you can no longer vote in person. You can hand your postal ballot in at a polling station within your ward if this is more convenient than returning by post, but you cannot be issued with a ballot paper from the polling station.​​​

Click to expandWill I still get a polling card if I apply for a postal vote?

​​If you apply for a postal vote before polling cards are posted, you will get a polling card advising you to expect your postal ballot pack. If you apply after poll cards are posted, you will not receive a card prior to your postal ballot pack.​​

Click to expandCan someone vote by post on my behalf? (Postal proxy vote)

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Yes. This is known as a postal proxy vote. It works the same way as a postal vote but the person you nominate to vote on your behalf, known as your proxy, receives and fills in and posts the ballot for you.​​​​

Click to expandI want to cancel my postal vote

If you wish to cancel your postal vote and wish to vote in person, this can be done by placing the request in writing to our office at Leeds Town Hall:

Electoral Services
Level 2
Town Hall
The Headrow
Leeds LS1 3AD

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