Voting by post - things you need to know

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You must be registered to vote in the UK before you can apply for a postal vote. The deadline for this is by midnight on Tuesday 16 April.

You can apply for a postal vote online at: apply for a postal vote.

Applications to vote by post must be received by 5pm on 17 April 2024.

When voting by post, make sure you mark your votes on both ballot papers, fill in the postal voting statement, put the ballot papers and postal vote statement in the envelopes provided, seal the envelope yourself and post back in a Royal Mail post box.

Your postal vote must be returned by 10pm on Thursday 2 May 2024.

If you cannot return your postal vote through the post, take your completed and sealed postal vote pack to a member of staff at the council offices (Public Service Plaza, Civic Centre Road, Havant, PO9 2AX) before it closes at 5pm, or your local polling station by 10pm.

Please be aware that for elections being held on 2 May 2024, voters will not be allowed to hand in more than five postal ballot packs (in addition to their own). If you choose to hand in a postal pack to a polling station or a member of staff authorised to receive it, you will need to complete a Postal Vote Return Form. More information about the changes to postal voting can be found on the Electoral Commission website.

Please do not use the postal box at the council offices, or your postal vote will be rejected.

If you lose your postal vote, or make a mistake, contact the Elections Office by calling 02392 446225 or emailing

More information about postal voting can be found on our website.