Registered Electors can choose to vote at any election (Local or Parliamentary) by post. You can request a postal vote for a specific election, for a set time period, or to run indefinitely.
You can Vote by Post
Anyone who is on the published Register of Electors or who has applied to be added as part of the monthly update process can apply for a postal vote.
How to apply for a Postal Vote
Each person requiring a postal vote must fill in a form:
- download and print off the Postal Vote application Form (PDF, 1 page).
- complete the form
- return it to the Electoral Services Department using the address found in the ‘Contact Us’ section
If you need large print, please download our large print version of the Postal Vote application Form (PDF, 4 pages).
Returning your completed postal ballot papers.
When you have filled in your postal ballot papers we must receive them by 10:00pm on Polling Day.
Royal Mail Priority Post Box
You may wish to consider returning your ballot papers via a Royal Mail Priority Post Box.
Royal Mail has 35,000 Priority Post Boxes. These post boxes have late collection times with 98% of them having a collection time of after 4 pm. In many cases these Priority Post Boxes will also have an earlier collection as well.
Of the 35,000 Priority Post Boxes 15,000 of them also have a collection between 3pm and 5pm on both Saturday and Sunday.
These Priority Post Boxes were introduced to help with the collection and onward delivery of Covid test kits, but as Elections are also a priority mailing, Royal mail is offering voters the use of this enhanced collection service. You can find a Priority Post Box on the Royal Mail website.
Some of the information on this page links back to our council website (iow.gov.uk)