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Final day to apply for postal vote in General Election

19 Jun 2024 2 minute read
The deadline to submit a postal vote application for people in England, Scotland and Wales is 5pm today

Anyone intending to vote by post in the General Election but who has yet to apply for a ballot paper has only a few hours left to do so.

The deadline to submit a postal vote application for people in England, Scotland and Wales is 5pm today (Wednesday 19 June).

The deadline for people in Northern Ireland has already passed.

Popular

Applications can be made online at gov.uk/apply-postal-vote.

Postal voting has surged in popularity in recent years.

The proportion of votes cast by post never rose higher than 5% at any general election between 1945 and 2001, according to data compiled by the House of Commons Library.

But the figure jumped sharply in 2005 to 12.7% and increased at each subsequent general election, hitting 21.7% in 2017.

It fell slightly in 2019 to 21.0%, but this still means at least one in five votes has been cast by post at each of the three most recent general elections.

Responsibility

Local councils are responsible for sending postal ballot forms to voters.

Completed postal votes must have reached councils by 10pm on polling day, July 4.

They can be returned by post or handed in at council offices.

They can also be handed in at a polling station on election day.

Evidence shared on social media suggests some people have already received and returned their completed postal votes, even though there are still more than two weeks of the campaign to go.


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