Postal votes

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

Complete an application form

You can do this online here

If you are unable to apply using the online application process please contact electoral services for a paper copy on 01282 477261/263. You must apply by 5pm, 11 working days before polling day.

Who can apply for a postal vote?

Anyone aged 18 or over who is on the electoral register can apply for a postal vote. You do not need a reason to vote by post.

Where can I get my postal vote sent?

A postal vote can be sent to your home address or to any other address that you give. Postal votes can be sent overseas, but you need to consider whether there will be enough time to receive and return your ballot paper by election day

When will I receive my ballot papers?

Postal votes are usually sent out about a week before election day. Once you’ve got it, mark your vote on the ballot paper and make sure you send it back so that it arrives by close of poll. If it arrives later than this your vote won’t be counted.

A few things to remember about postal voting:

  • Once you have been issued a postal vote you can’t vote at a polling station, but you can drop your postal vote off at the polling station as long as the polling station is in the same ward or constituency
  • Remember that you must return your postal vote by 10pm on the day of the election
  • If you move house or change your name you will need to complete a new postal application
  • If you want a postal vote it is good to apply early. Don’t wait until an election is advertised

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 the 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.

For what period does my postal vote last?

You can apply for a particular election, for a set period of time, or for a maximum period of three years.

If I have applied for a postal vote, can I still vote at the polling station?

No. If you have applied to vote by post, you cannot vote in person at the polling station.  However, on election day you can return your postal vote to the polling station or to Burnley Town Hall (both before polls close at 10pm). If you do not want to post it back, or it’s too late for it to arrive in time by post, you can hand it in at Burnley Town Hall (before 10pm on polling day).