Postal voting

Anyone included in the register of electors may apply for a postal vote. You do not have to state any reason and the form does not have to be countersigned.

On the form, you must include your full name and the address where you are registered to vote. The address where the postal ballot papers should be sent must also be included, and if this is not your registered address, a reason for the re-direction.

The application must also include your signature and date of birth in the boxes provided.

Postal votes can be sent to an address outside the UK - for example if you are going on holiday - but please remember that it will take time to get there and for you to return it in time for the vote to be counted.

Postal ballot papers are normally sent out about a week before polling day, so if you will not be at home around that time you should consider appointing a proxy to vote on your behalf.

If an election is announced and you know that you will not be able to vote in person, you must complete and return a postal vote application form as soon as possible.

The electoral registration officer must receive your completed postal vote application form by 5pm, eleven working days before election day. (Working days exclude weekends, bank holidays, Good Friday, Christmas Eve and Christmas Day). For medical emergencies after this deadline, please see our proxy voting page. 

You need to return your completed form to the electoral registration officer, Amber Valley Borough Council, election office, town hall, Ripley, Derbyshire DE5 3BT.

At election time, once you have received your postal ballot paper you must post (or take) this back so that it reaches the returning officer before 10pm on election day. Alternatively the postal vote can be handed in at a polling station in your ward on election day.

Need further help or information?

Contact the team directly on 01773 841458 or email elections@ambervalley.gov.uk