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Registered electors can choose to vote at any election (Bristol City Council, Parliamentary, European or referendums) by post. You can request a postal vote for:
- a specific election
- all elections
- a set time period.
Anyone can apply for a postal vote who is:
- on the published register of electors or
- who has applied to be added to the register as part of the monthly update process.
If you're not already on the electoral register, please see our register to vote page. You can now register to vote online and request to recieve a postal vote application at the same time.
You'll need to complete the postal vote application form (pdf, 232 KB)(opens new window). Each person requiring a postal vote must fill in a form. Return your completed form to Electoral Services, FREEPOST (NAT 11762), Bristol, BS1 5BR (no stamp needed) or fax to 0117 922 3461.
The postal vote statement requires you to provide your signature and date of birth. When you return this, the signature and date of birth is checked against the record we hold from your registration form. More detailed instructions are provided in your postal ballot pack.
If it's not possible for you to sign your application, you can apply for a ‘waiver’. You'll need to state the reason for the waiver and the name and address of the person assisting you. Please use our postal vote waiver application form (pdf, 33 KB)(opens new window).
Provided there is enough time before the election you'll receive a confirmation that your application has been received.
People living in the UK will be supplied with a first class post prepaid envelope to return their ballot paper together with instructions explaining how to complete it.
Overseas voters will have to pay the return postage for their vote. Please note that we recommend that overseas voters appoint a proxy as there is probably insufficient time to return a postal vote to be included in the count. See our proxy voting page for more information.
Please contact us if you spoil your postal ballot paper or postal vote statement. You can get a replacement until 5pm on polling day. Do not destroy or throw away any of your postal ballot papers.
When you apply for a postal (or proxy) vote you must provide your date of birth and signature which is kept on record.
When you get your postal ballot paper there will be a separate statement on which you will be asked for the same details. This is for security reasons and the details must match those provided in your original application for your vote to be counted.
The statement is separated from the ballot paper when it's received. This happens before the sealed ballot paper envelope is opened and the vote is counted.
Postal votes are verified by PI (Personal Identifier) information which consists of a combination of date of birth and signature. Every five years Absent Voters (ie electors who have a Postal or a Proxy vote) must by law renew their signatures.
Apply for it
Electoral services City Hall College Green Bristol, BS1 5TR Opening Hours
Monday to Thursday, 9am to 5pm
Monday to Thursday, 9am to 5pm
Friday, 9am to 4.30pm
Members of the public should go to the main reception
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Work: 0117 922 3400
- Fax: 0117 922 3461