Postal Vote Instructions

Your postal voting statement

Complete your postal voting statement attached to envelope A.

Please enter your date of birth and signature in the boxes provided. Make sure you keep within the lines.

  • Make sure you provide your date of birth, not today’s date, and your signature. 
  • If you have been granted a signature waiver, only your date of birth is required.
  • If you do not provide your date of birth and signature, the statement will be invalid and your vote will not be counted. This is a security measure. Your date of birth and signature will be checked against those you have already provided. If they do not match, your votes will not be counted.

Fill in your ballot paper

The ballot paper tells you how many candidates you may vote for. 

Vote by putting a cross (x) in the box(es) next to the name(s) of the candidate(s) you are voting for.

  • Do not mark the ballot paper in any other way or your vote may not count.
  • If you need help to vote, you can ask someone you know or get independent help by calling the helpline on 01264 368000. The person helping you must not tell anyone how you voted.


After you have voted

Re-fold the ballot paper as originally provided.

Put the completed ballot paper into envelope A.

Remove the tape to reveal the sticky strip and fold the flap over to seal envelope A. Do not detach the postal voting statement from envelope A. 

Put your sealed envelope A with the postal voting statement still attached into envelope B.

Seal and post envelope B. This will be free if you post it in the UK. 
Do this as soon as you can. 

It must reach the Returning Officer by 10pm on polling day (the day of the election).


If you miss the post or want to hand in your completed postal vote

If you miss the post, you can hand in your postal vote and/or the postal vote of others at the council offices in Andover or Romsey during office hours to a person authorised to receive postal votes, or at any polling station in the voting area before 10pm on polling day.

You will be provided with a form which you must complete for the postal vote(s) you are handing in to be accepted.

You can hand in your own postal vote or the postal votes for up to 5 other voters.

If you are a political campaigner - you can only hand in your own postal vote plus the votes of up to 5 family members or people for whom you provide regular care.

Do not put any postal votes in the letter box of the council offices as they will be rejected.


What to do if you make a mistake

If you make a mistake you can get a replacement. Call us immediately as we can only issue a replacement before 5pm on polling day. If you lose your postal ballot paper or the postal voting statement, you can get a replacement from four working days before polling day. If you apply after 5pm on the day before polling day, we can only issue a replacement if you return this ballot pack in person.

Electoral fraud is a crime. It is an offence to vote more than once in this election unless you are voting on your own behalf and as a proxy for another person.