Voting by post

Elections 6 May 2021

Elections for the Surrey Police and Crime Commissioner, Surrey County Council and Elmbridge Borough Council are taking place in May.  The deadline for applying to vote by post has now passed, but you can still apply to vote by proxy before 5pm on 27 April.

How to return your form

  • By email to; or
  • By post to Electoral Services, Elmbridge Borough Council, Civic Centre, High Street, Esher, Surrey KT10 9SD; or
  • By hand to the Civic Centre in Esher

What is postal voting? 

You may apply to vote by post if you cannot get to the polling station for any reason, or find this method of voting more convenient.  Your ballot papers will be posted to you along with a statement asking you to supply your date of birth and signature, for security.

When do I receive my postal vote?

Your postal vote will be dispatched by first class mail around ten days before an election.  Due to the timescales involved, it is advisable for voters living overseas to apply to vote by proxy instead.

Will I still be able to vote in person at the polling station?

No, you can only vote using the postal vote issued to you.  However, you may hand your completed postal vote into your polling station or the Civic Centre in Esher on election day.

Can I cancel my postal vote?

You can cancel your postal vote up to 5pm, 11 working days before an election. Your cancellation must be made in writing to or by post to Electoral Services, Elmbridge Borough Council, Civic Centre, High Street, Esher, Surrey, KT10 9SD

How to complete your postal vote

When you receive your postal vote, read the instructions carefully.  Your postal vote includes the ballot paper and a postal voting statement.  Complete both of these and return them straight away.  Completed postal votes need to be returned to the Returning Officer by 10pm on election day. If you miss the post you can hand your completed postal vote into your polling station or the Civic Centre in Esher.

If you need help to vote, you can ask someone you know or get independent help by contacting 01372 474474.

If you lose your postal vote or make a mistake, contact 01372 474474 straight away and a replacement can be issued before 5pm on election day. 

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