Postal Voting

Apply for a postal vote


To apply for a postal vote, please download a postal vote application from the Electoral Commission's webpages, complete the necessary information and either email the form to us as a scanned attachment to [email protected] or post it to:

Electoral Services
Guildhall
High Street
Kingston upon Thames
KT1 1EU

We are unable to accept applications where the signature cannot be captured onto our records so if you decide to email a scanned image of your application, please ensure the image is clear.

If you don’t have access to a printer and would like us to post you a postal vote application form, please request this using our online form

If you are unable to complete our online form you can email us on [email protected] or call 020 8547 5026 to request a form. Staff are currently working from home which has reduced our telephone capacity. Please use our website or email us where possible.

Anyone who is registered to vote in Kingston can apply to become a postal voter.  For security we require both your signature and your date of birth, these will be matched against the information you provide when you return your postal vote to ensure that your right to vote cannot be used by anyone else. If the signature and/or the date of birth provided cannot be matched to those supplied on your application, your ballot paper may be rejected. 

If you cannot provide a consistent signature due to a disability or inability to read or write, it is possible to grant an exemption (known as a signature waiver). Please contact Electoral Services for further information or to obtain a waiver request form.

You can apply to vote by post at any time - you do not need to wait for an election to be called.  The deadline to apply for a postal vote is 5pm on the eleventh working day before an election. Please see Coming elections for details of the next scheduled elections.

Once a postal vote has been set up you will not be able to vote in person at a polling station unless you cancel your postal vote (in writing) by 5pm 11 working days before an election or referendum. Postal voting packs may only be sent 10 working days prior to an election.

You can apply for one election, a set period of time or permanently.

If you opt for a permanent postal vote you will still be legally required to refresh your signature every five years to make sure we have a copy of your current signature. We will contact you when it is time to do so.​

Cancel your postal vote

If you don't want to vote by post anymore you need to write to us making sure you sign the letter so we can check it against our records.  

Either email the letter to us as an attachment to [email protected] or post it to:

Electoral Services
Guildhall
High Street
Kingston upon Thames
KT1 1EU

We cannot cancel postal votes any later than 5pm on the eleventh working day prior to an election.