Anyone who is registered to vote can sign up for a postal vote, so long as they are aged 18 or over and eligible to vote.
You can download an application form, print it off and complete it. Details of how to return it can be found on the form.
If you don't have access to a printer, contact us and we will post one to you.
You can apply for a postal vote for one election, a set period of time or permanently. Postal votes are sent out on average 10 days before polling day.
Even if you opt for a permanent postal vote you will still be legally required to refresh your signature every five years to ensure that we have an up to date signature for you. We will contact you when it is time for you to do so.
New postal applications must be received at the Elections office by no later than 5pm on Tuesday 26 November 2019 to be effective for this election.
Any elector who has applied to vote by post before the 6 November 2019 will have their postal vote pack handed to Royal Mail on Wednesday 27 November. A second batch of postal votes for electors who applied to vote by post up to the deadline of Tuesday 26 November 2019 will be passed to Royal Mail on Tuesday 3 December 2019. All postal votes will be sent first class.
Because of the busy Christmas period for post, you are encouraged to open, complete and return your postal vote as soon as possible to ensure it is with us by 10pm on polling day.
Alternatively to avoid using the post during the busy Christmas period or if you are going to be away, (or if you are an overseas elector see below) – it is recommded you consider putting in place proxy vote arrangements instead, This is when someone you trust attends your polling station and votes on your behalf.
New proxy applications must be received by 5pm on Wednesday 4 December 2019 to be effective for this election. If your proxy wants to vote by post, then the deadline is no later than 5pm on Tuesday 26 November 2019.
Both postal vote and proxy vote applications can either be submitted as an attachment to email@example.com or posted to
Electoral Services Department,
Trafford Town Hall,
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