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Postal voting :
Anyone can apply for a postal vote – you don’t need to give a reason.
You can vote by post if you live in the UK or if you’re voting when abroad.

Apply for a postal vote :
You can apply for a postal vote:
** for a single election on a specific date
** for a specific period
** permanently

Changing where your postal vote is sent
You’ll need to change where your postal vote is sent if you:
** move house
** will be away from home in the run up to election day (eg on holiday)

Either way, just make a new postal vote application.
Completing and returning your postal vote

When voting by post, you should:
** complete your ballot paper in secret
** complete the postal voting statement
** put the ballot and statement in the envelopes provided
** seal the envelope yourself

Post your ballot back as quickly as possible to make sure it’s counted.
If you’re too late to post your ballot paper back, you can hand it in to your local Electoral Registration Office or bring it to your local polling station by 10pm on polling day.

Replacement ballot papers :
Contact your local Electoral Registration Office if you spoil or lose your ballot paper. You can get a replacement up to 5pm on election day.
You must collect it in person. If you spoiled your ballot paper, bring:
** the spoiled paper
** the rest of the ballot pack that was sent to you

Voting by proxy :
Voting by proxy means getting someone to vote on your behalf.
You can apply to vote by proxy:
** for a single election on a specific date
** for specific period
** permanently

You can only apply for a proxy vote under certain circumstances, including:
** being abroad on election day
** having a medical issue or disability
** not being able to vote in person because of work or military service
You’ll need to give the reason why you’re applying for a proxy vote.

In most cases, you’ll need someone to sign your application form to confirm your reasons for wanting a proxy vote. The application form will tell you who needs to sign it.

Changing or cancelling your proxy vote :
To change who acts as your proxy, just make a new proxy vote application.
If you want to vote by post instead, complete a postal vote application.
To start voting in person, contact your local Electoral Registration Office.

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