Most people vote in person at a polling station. However, if you are not able to go to the polling station in person on polling day you can apply to vote by post or by proxy (where someone votes on your behalf).
On 2 May there will be local elections in South Ribble. The deadline to register for a postal vote is 5pm on Monday 15th April.
You can request a postal vote for one election, a set period of time, or permanently.
If you choose a permanent postal vote you are legally required to refresh your signature every five years to make sure we have a copy of your current signature. We will contact you when it is time to do so.
How to apply
You must first be registered to vote at the correct address before you can apply for a postal vote. If you need to register click here
If you have moved house or changed your name you need to register to vote again and reapply for a postal vote.
You can apply for a postal vote by completing the application form and returning it to:
To download a postal vote application form from the Electoral Commission website click here
Cancelling your postal vote
If you decide you want to vote in person you can cancel your postal vote up until 5pm on Monday 15th April. After this time you will not be able to cancel your postal vote and you will be unable to vote in person. However, you can hand your postal ballot in at a polling station within your electoral ward if this is more convenient than returning it by post.
You can cancel your postal vote by emailing email@example.com or by calling 01772 421491.
If you apply for a postal vote before polling cards are delivered you will get a polling card advising you to expect your postal ballot pack. If you apply after polling cards are delivered you will not receive a card prior to your postal ballot pack.
On 2 May there will be local elections in South Ribble. The deadline for applications to vote by proxy is 5pm on Wednesday 24th April.
If you would like to nominate someone you trust to go to the polling station and vote on your behalf you can apply for a proxy vote.
Please note that the person you appoint as your proxy will be required to cast your vote in your polling station.
They will receive a card telling them where and when to cast your vote. You can still vote in person, provided you do so before the proxy has voted for you.
The person who you choose to be your proxy can be anybody, as long as they are registered to vote at that election. If either of you need to register click here
Everyone is entitled to apply for a proxy vote for one specific polling day. To download a proxy vote application form from the Electoral Commission website for one specific election click here
Postal proxy votes
For the local election being held on 2 May the deadline for an application for a postal proxy is 5pm on Monday 15th April.
If you appoint a proxy that is unable to attend your polling station in South Ribble they may apply for a postal vote after you have nominated them. They would need to do this as a separate application – if they already vote by post they would need to apply separately to cast your vote by post. Contact us if you need more information.
Apply for all future elections
If you have specific requirements you may be able to apply for a proxy for all future elections. The different application forms to be able to vote by proxy at all elections can be downloaded here.
Emergency proxy applications
Emergency proxy applications can be made after 5pm on Wednesday 24th April up until 5pm on polling day.
In certain circumstances, due to either a medical or employment emergency that happens after the deadline to apply for a proxy vote has already passed, you can apply to vote by emergency proxy.
Click here to download a form to apply for an emergency proxy due to a medical emergency
Click here to download a form to apply for an emergency proxy due to employment
What if I am unable to sign?
If you are unable to sign because of a disability or illness, or you are unable to sign in a consistent or distinctive manner, you can apply for to vote by proxy and waiver the requirement for a signature. Contact us if you need more information.