Postal voting can be used if you can't get to your polling station. The postal vote pack and ballot paper is sent to you for you to vote and return before election day.
It is important to note that only electors who are (or are applying to be) included on the Register of Electors can vote by post. You cannot have a postal vote if you are not IER registered.
You may apply for a postal vote at any time. It can be for a particular election, for a specific period of time, or permanently.
Postal votes are usually issued about ten days before an election and completed ballot papers must be returned by election day.
If you have a permanent postal vote, and will be away from the address your postal vote goes to around the time the postal vote pack will be issued, you may not receive your postal vote before you leave.
Postal votes can be sent abroad although it is not always advisable, as it can take too long to reach its destination and be completed and returned by election day.
If you are likely to be away when postal votes are sent to voters you may wish to appoint a proxy (someone to vote for you) instead.
Postal voting security arrangements
As a result of new legislation, all postal vote applicants must supply their signature and date of birth in specific boxes on the application form.
These forms are now scanned and securely stored electronically so that when ballot papers are returned at election time the signatures and dates of birth supplied on the accompanying postal vote statement can be checked against those already held on the application. This is to help eliminate postal vote fraud.
The postal vote application deadline has passed to vote in Cumbria County Council election.
For postal votes to vote in the General election the deadline is 5pm on Tuesday 23 May. We can only accept applications from Eden residents. If you live in another local authority area please apply to them for a postal vote.
Personalised form to speed up your application
If you would like to apply for a postal vote please contact the Elections Office who can provide a form, which is pre-printed with your name and address and barcoded to assist the Elections Team when returned.