The general election is in full swing with parties out on the campaign trail all vying for votes come December 12. 

Many in the UK have opted for a postal vote if they cannot attend the polling station, but with the deadline now passed, is it possible to still vote?

Can I still register for a postal vote?

No, you can no longer apply for a postal vote. The deadline for application for a postal vote was November 26. If you did not apply before midnight on the 26 you will not be able to vote by post. 

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I have registered for a postal vote, when do I need to return the vote?

Your postal vote will allow you to fill in a ballot paper before election day, but the same rules apply in that the form must arrive at the Electoral Office before 10pm on December 12, the day of the election. Once you have filled in your ballot paper, fill in and sign the accompanying postal voting statement.

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Can a postal vote be sent from abroad?

A postal vote can be sent to your home address or any address you provide. In turn, it can be sent from anywhere as long as it arrives back before December 12. You will need to pay for the postage if you are sending your ballot from abroad. 

I have missed the postal vote registration date. Can I still vote? 

If you are unable to vote in person and have missed the registration date for the postal vote, it is still possible to vote by proxy. This involves asking someone to vote on your behalf at the polling booth. 

You can only apply for a proxy vote under certain circumstances, such as:

  • being away on polling day
  • having a medical issue or disability
  • not being able to vote in person because of work or military service 

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A proxy is able to vote for you if they themselves are

  • registered to vote
  • are allowed to vote in the election that is taking place
  • can vote in the polling station on your poll card

How do I apply for a proxy vote?

To apply for a proxy vote follow this link. You must send the paper form to your local Electoral Registration office by 5pm on December 4th. The cut-off date in Scotland is the same as in England and Wales.