Apply to vote by post
Voters can choose to vote by post instead of voting at their polling station. You will need to complete a postal vote application form which you can download from the bottom of this page.
Deadline for postal vote applications
The deadline to apply for a postal vote is 5pm, 11 working days prior to an election.
All completed forms can be:
- Returned by hand or post to the Electoral Registration Officer, Town Hall, Katharine Street, Croydon, CR9 1DE
- Scanned and emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org
The application form asks for your date of birth and signature. This is a security measure. When you vote you will again need to give your date of birth and signature and these will be compared against those on your application form to ensure no one else is using your postal vote.
If you are unable to provide a signature because:
- you are unable to sign in a consistent or distinctive way because of any disability
- you are unable to read or write
the electoral registration officer may grant you a waiver so you will not have to provide a signature. You will still be required to give your date of birth.
If you need your ballot sent to an address that is different from your registered address, you will need to provide the reason for this redirection.
If you do not provide your date of birth or signature or you do not give a reason for a redirection, your application will not be allowed.
Once your arrangement to vote by post is in place you will not be able to vote in person at the polling station.
Receiving and returning postal votes
The majority of postal votes will be sent out by first class post around two weeks before the election, although applications received nearer to the application deadline may be sent out slightly later.
Completed postal votes must be returned by 10pm on polling day. A pre-paid return envelope is always provided. They can also be hand delivered to the Town Hall, Katharine Street, Croydon CR9 1DE or handed in at a polling station in Croydon.
Postal votes must be returned with the completed Postal Voting Statement or it will not be counted.