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Apply to vote by post

Anyone can apply to vote by post at future elections or referendums in the UK. Voting by post is a convenient and secure way of voting, especially if you are unable, or would prefer not to go to your polling station.

In these uncertain times we are encouraging electors to apply to vote by post. You will still be able to vote in person at the next elections and we’re already making plans to help voters stay safe at polling stations in May 2021.  However, these arrangements mean it will take longer to vote in person on the day.

We recommend that you apply for a postal vote as soon as you know that you will not be able to make it to the polling station on polling day.

The deadline to apply for, cancel or change a postal vote or proxy postal vote for the London Mayor and Greater London Assembly elections on 6 May 2021 is 5pm on Tuesday 20 April 2021.

Please return your completed postal vote application form to ero@barnet.gov.uk or send to Electoral Services, London Borough of Barnet, 2 Bristol Avenue, Colindale, London NW9 4EW.

Eligibility to vote by post

You must be registered to vote before you can receive a postal vote.  Anyone can request a postal vote. There are no special circumstances needed. A postal vote is available on demand.

This request can last until further notice, for a particular election only or for a specific period only.  You do not need to give a reason for asking but you must make a written application.

How do I apply for a postal vote

You can download a postal vote application form from the Electoral Commission website by clicking here. 

Please complete the form including your signature and date of birth.  Please return the form by email to ero@barnet.gov.uk or you can post it to:

Electoral Services
London Borough of Barnet 
2 Bristol Avenue
Colindale NW9 4EW

You cannot apply for a postal vote online because Electoral Services need your signature to make sure nobody else can use your vote.

Where you can receive the postal vote

You can have the postal vote sent wherever you wish.  However, if you want your ballot paper to be sent to an address other than the one at which you are registered to vote, you have to tell us the reason why you want to do this.

We can however refuse to send your ballot paper to the address you request if we are not satisfied with the reason given.  We will tell you if this is the case.

Where to send your completed postal vote application form

You can return your completed postal vote application form by email to ero@barnet.gov.uk

Or you can post it to:

Electoral Services
London Borough of Barnet 
2 Bristol Avenue
Colindale NW9 4EW

If your postal vote does not arrive

You will receive your postal ballot pack a few weeks before the election giving you longer to complete your ballot papers.

For the London Mayor and Greater London Assembly elections on 6 May 2021, if you have not received your postal vote pack by Thursday 29 April, please phone Electoral Services on 020 8359 5577 or email ero@barnet.gov.uk as quickly as possible as there is only a limited time in which to collect a replacement postal vote pack.

What will I need to do when I get my postal vote?

You will complete your ballot papers as normal. 

There will be written instructions on which envelope to use for ballot papers. 

The main thing to remember is to put your date of birth and signature where it is asked for, as this is used to identify that you have filled in the ballot papers. 

If there are a few of you in the household with postal votes, please make sure you complete your form (your name will be on the paperwork)

When do you need to receive my postal vote back?

Your postal vote must be received back by Polling Day.  If you forget to post it, it can be taken to your Polling Station on Polling Day as a last resort.

If you haven't posted your vote by election day

You must post your postal vote in sufficient time so that it can be delivered by Royal Mail by 10pm on the day of an election.

However, you can deliver it in person at any time up until 10pm on the day of an election, to:

The Returning Officer 
Electoral Services
London Borough of Barnet 
2 Bristol Avenue
Colindale NW9 4EW

Please do not deliver to any other London Borough of Barnet Council office - particularly on the day of an election.

You can also deliver your postal vote (not just the ballot paper but its envelope and the postal voting statement) to any polling station in your constituency.

You cannot vote in person at the polling station if you have a postal vote.

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