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How to apply for a postal vote

Anybody can choose to vote by post instead of at a polling place.

You will need to complete a postal vote application form (opens new window) to get a postal vote.  Send your completed application form to The Electoral Registration Officer, 17a South Gyle Crescent, Edinburgh, EH12 9FL.  

You can choose to vote by post for one election or at all future elections. 

To vote by post at an election, you need to have returned your completed application to the Electoral Registration Office 11 working days before the election date 

Postal ballot packs should start to be delivered around 9 working days before the election, however WE CANNOT GUARANTEE THAT YOU WILL RECEIVE YOUR POSTAL VOTE ON OR BEFORE A CERTAIN DATE.

Legislation allows a replacement postal vote to be issued for one which has not been received (lost).    If you are going on holiday close to the date that you expect your postal vote to be delivered then you may wish to consider appointing a proxyinstead of using a postal vote. 

You can get a replacement for a lost or spoilt postal ballot.  You will need to collect it and provide identification.  Contact the election office to make the necessary arrangements. 

If you are getting a replacement for a spoilt postal ballot you will need to return all the parts of your original postal ballot pack. 

Frequently Asked Questions

How can I qualify for a postal/absent vote?

You no longer need to have a reason to obtain a postal vote and you can register to vote by post at any time (there is no need to wait for an election to be called).