Elections and Voting


General Election – Thursday 4th July

Details on how to apply for postal and proxy voting, and a Voter Authority Certificate VAC (if required) are set out below. The deadlines for applications, together with other information, will be published shortly.

Registering to vote

You can register to vote at any time of the year. It’s quick and easy to do so – it only takes a few minutes. 

How do I register?

  • Go to www.gov.uk/register-to-vote
  • Fill in your name, address, date of birth and a few other details. You’ll also need your national insurance number, which can be found on your national insurance card, or in official paperwork such as payslips, or letters about benefits or tax credits.
  • Look out for a confirmation to say you’re registered

Find out more

Postal votes

Voting by post is an easy and convenient way of voting if you are unable to get to the polling station.

A number of changes to the postal voting system have been introduced by the Government. These include:

  • You can apply online to vote by post
  • You now have to prove your identity as part of the application process. Both online and paper applications require ID verification
  • Voters are not allowed to hand in more than five postal ballot packs (in addition to their own)
  • You can hold a postal vote for a maximum period of three years. You need to reapply at the end of that time

Returning your completed postal vote

The Government has introduced changes to the way postal votes should be returned to Burnley Council.

They CAN, as normal, be returned by post through the Royal Mail system to arrive at Burnley Town Hall by 10pm on polling day, or handed in at a polling station in the relevant borough on polling day, between 7am and 10pm.

HOWEVER, postal votes CANNOT simply be left in letterboxes, at reception desks or handed over to staff.

They MUST be handed over in person at Burnley Town Hall reception to a member of council staff authorised to receive them by 10pm on polling day.

Any postal votes not returned in the correct manner will BE REJECTED and those electors will lose their vote.

Find out more about how to apply for a postal vote and the changes that have been introduced

Proxy votes

Voting by proxy is a convenient way of voting if you are unable to get to a polling station. By proxy just means that you can appoint someone you trust to go and vote on your behalf.

Voting by proxy can be useful if you fall ill and are unable to get to the polling station on election day, or if you are abroad during an election. It can be particularly useful if you are overseas in a country too far away to send back a postal vote in time for the election.

Find out more about proxy voting

Voter ID

Voters have to show photo ID at the polling station before their ballot paper is issued. You can check what ID is accepted

If you do not have a type of photo ID that allows you to vote, you can apply for a Voter Authority Certificate.

Polling stations

If you are voting in person on polling day you must go to the polling station assigned to you. This can be found on the polling card that will be sent to you shortly before polling day.

Or you can find out online now by simply entering your postcode.