Postal voting

On 2 May there will be a local election in Leeds. The deadline to register for a postal vote is 5pm on Monday 15 April.

You can request a postal vote for one election, a set period of time, or permanently.

If you choose a permanent postal vote you are 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.

Posting of postal vote ballot packs

See our EU election page for information on postal ballot pack postal dates for that election.

When your postal vote ballot pack is posted will be determined by when you applied:

Application receivedPosting date
Before 2 April15 April
2 April to 7 April17 April
8 April to 15 April23 April

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 siteExternal link.

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 a postal vote by completing the application form and returning it to:

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

Postal proxy voting

If you need someone else to send your postal vote on your behalf, you will need to appoint them as your proxy. You can do this by completing a proxy vote application form. They can then apply for a postal proxy vote in order to vote by post. Find more information on the Proxy voting page.

Cancelling your postal vote

If you decide you want to vote in person for the next local election, you can cancel your postal vote up until 5pm on Wednesday 18 April.

After this time, you will not be able to cancel your postal vote, and you will be unable to vote in person. However, you can hand your postal ballot in at a polling station within your ward if this is more convenient than returning by post.

Online

Request cancellation of your postal vote onlineExternal link

By post

Cancel your postal vote by making the request to us in writing:

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

Polling cards

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.

Information we'll hold about you

We have a statutory obligation to retain certain information about you. To find out more detail about this please read our Privacy Notice.



 

 

I have made a mistake on my ballot paperI have made a mistake on my ballot paper<div class="ExternalClass92CB5458688547C3996B3F0EDE0E2180"><p>You can cross out the error and place a mark in the correct box.​​<span id="ms-rterangecursor-start" style="display:none;"></span><span id="ms-rterangecursor-end" style="display:none;"></span></p></div>
What if I miss the application deadline?What if I miss the application deadline?<div class="ExternalClass2EA82BE584C946FFAAD58490256C2FD4"><p>There may still be time to apply for someone else to vote on your behalf, known as a proxy vote. Visit our <a href="/your-council/elections/proxy-voting">proxy voting</a> page for more information.</p><p>Alternatively, you can still vote in person at your designated polling station, with or without your polling card. To find your designated polling station, go to the <a href="https://wheredoivote.co.uk/" rel="external">wheredoivote.co.uk<span class="sr-only"> external link</span></a> and enter your postcode.</p><p>If it is before the deadline but you haven’t got time to return your application by post, you can hand it in in person at our office in Leeds Town Hall which is open 8:30 – 5:00 Monday to Thursday and 8:30 – 4:30 on Fridays.​<br></p> </div>
There are items missing from my postal voteThere are items missing from my postal vote<div class="ExternalClass5ACDE662252A4EF193A7774B8101F5C1"><p>Spoilt postal vote ballot packs can only be re-issued by law from <strong>26 April.</strong><br>To arrange an appointment to get a new one please send an email including your name, address and best contact details to <a href="mailto:electors@leeds.gov.uk"><strong>electors@leeds.gov.uk</strong></a>. You will be contacted with a date and time to collect your new postal vote pack from Leeds Town Hall. If you do not have an appointment you may have to wait for a member of staff to become available before your replacement pack can be issued. ​​​​​</p></div>
Stickers are missingStickers are missing<div class="ExternalClass6EA765F0268C41A785ED94B70339AD67"><p>If the sticker is missing for envelope A (grey) please write both of your ballot paper numbers on the envelope. The ballot paper numbers are located on the back of the ballot paper.</p> <p>If the sticker is missing for envelope B (lilac), please write the following address on the front of the envelope and post it:</p> <p>Freepost, Leeds city Council, The Town Hall, The Headrow, Leeds LS1 3AD.​​​​​​​​​</p></div>
I've voted for the wrong personI've voted for the wrong person<div class="ExternalClassA40E8B44501343D099E6B48EF4128A7B"><p>You can cross out the error and place a mark in the correct box.​</p></div>
I filled the wrong postal vote in or made a mistakeI filled the wrong postal vote in or made a mistake<div class="ExternalClassBEF3C76EBF8C4014ABE3D185D143C571"><p>Spoilt postal vote ballot packs can only be re-issued by law from <strong>26/4/2019</strong>. <br>To arrange an appointment to get a new one please send an email including your name, address and best contact details to <a href="mailto:%22electors@leeds.gov.uk%22"><strong>electors@leeds.gov.uk</strong></a>. You will be contacted with a date and time to collect your new postal vote pack from Leeds Town Hall. If you do not have an appointment you may have to wait for a member of staff to become available before your replacement pack can be issued.​​​​​​</p></div>
My ballot pack is damagedMy ballot pack is damaged<div class="ExternalClassF5DCBE2A81564685A952EF92C110E87C"><p>If any of the damage can be repaired with sticky tape then please try and repair it. It will not affect your postal vote.​​​</p></div>
I've lost an envelopeI've lost an envelope<div class="ExternalClass79E5F257AEBD43FD9299AD257BD4C45F"><p>You can use a normal envelope and use the sticker provided in your pack to label it.​​​</p></div>
I forgot to put the ballot paper/declaration/envelope in the large envelopeI forgot to put the ballot paper/declaration/envelope in the large envelope<div class="ExternalClassAE7EEF01D17B4314A07759119CE93CAF"><p>Just open the postal vote, place the document in and reseal the envelope.​​</p></div>

 

 

Postal proxy application formhttps://www.leeds.gov.uk/docs/Postal proxy application form.pdf127050pdf
Postal vote application formhttps://www.leeds.gov.uk/docs/Application to vote by post.pdf30361pdf
Electoral Registration Appropriate Policy Documenthttps://www.leeds.gov.uk/docs/Electoral Registration Appropriate Policy Document.pdf199854pdf
Electoral Registration Data Protection Policy Statementhttps://www.leeds.gov.uk/docs/Electoral Registration Data Protection Policy Statement.pdf95335pdf

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