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Apply to vote by post

Voting by post is a convenient and secure way of voting, especially if you are unable to go to your polling station. In these uncertain times we are encouraging electors to apply to vote by post

You do not have to vote by post and we are making sure that polling stations will be safe. However, it will take longer to vote in person and there may be a queue. Any registered voter can apply for a postal vote and you do not need to give a reason for wanting to vote by post.

If you’re thinking of voting by post, you can apply now. This will make sure your application is processed early, and your postal vote can be sent to you more quickly.

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

It’s easy to apply for a postal vote. Simply download a postal vote application form (PDF, 1.25 MB) to complete and return to Barnet Electoral Services either by:

  • post to Electoral Services, London Borough of Barnet, 2 Bristol Avenue, London NW9 4EW
    (Find your nearest Priority Mailbox by visiting Royal Mail Priority Mail Box)
  • email ero@barnet.gov.uk with a scanned or photographed application form.

If you’re unable to download the application form to complete and return, you can contact electoral services by email (ero@barnet.gov.uk) or by telephone (020 8359 5577). You will then receive a pre-filled application form in the post.

Who can 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.

Apply for a postal vote

You can download a postal vote application form (PDF, 1.25 MB) to complete and return to Barnet Electoral Services.

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

(Find your nearest Priority Mailbox by visiting Royal Mail Priority Mail Box)

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 (PDF, 1.25 MB) 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 to do when you get your 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).

Return your completed postal vote to Barnet Electoral Services either by:

  • post to Electoral Services, London Borough of Barnet, 2 Bristol Avenue, London NW9 4EW, (find your nearest Priority Mailbox by visiting Royal Mail Priority Mail Box)
  • deliver it by hand on polling day at any polling station in Barnet before 10pm.

Protect your postal vote from fraud 

When voting by post, you should mark your vote on the ballot paper in secret and seal the envelope yourself.

You will be asked to give your date of birth and signature when applying for a postal or proxy vote. When you return your postal voting pack you will again be asked for your signature and date of birth, and these will be checked against those you have already provided to confirm your identity.

Your signature and date of birth are separated from your ballot paper before it is looked at or counted, so giving this information will not affect the secrecy of your vote.

When we need your postal vote sent back

Your postal vote must be received back by Polling Day. Find your nearest Priority Mailbox by visiting Royal Mail Priority Mail Box

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.