If you cannot go to the polling station on the day of an election or referendum you can apply to vote by post.  Anyone can apply for a postal vote and you do not need a reason. 

If you vote by post you do not need to provide voter ID unless you have lost your postal vote and need to be issued with a new one.

Apply to vote by post 

To vote by post complete an application form on the Electoral Commission page. 

When completed you can send the application: 

  • by post: Electoral Registration and Returning Officer, South Gloucestershire Council, PO Box 1953, Bristol, BS37 0DE

Your completed application must reach us by 5pm, 11 working days before the polling day. 

Postal votes can be sent to your home address or to any other address where you will be staying on the day of the election, including abroad.  

We cannot guarantee timings to post sent abroad so you may wish to register to vote by proxy so someone else can vote on your behalf. 

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