Voting by Post

If you can't get to your polling station you can vote by post

Please note: Bournemouth Borough Council does not have any local elections in 2018. The next planned local elections are in May 2019.

Voting By Post

If you are unable to visit a polling station in person on the day of an election or referendum, you can set up a postal vote. Postal votes can be set up as a temporary voting method for a particular time period, Election or Referendum, or you can set up a permanent postal vote. 

Find out more or apply to vote by post. You can return your postal vote application form via post or email. Please ensure that you have signed the form before returning it to us.

Postal Ballot Papers

This short video explains what you should receive in your postal pack, how to complete the paperwork and how to return your postal vote to us. 

For written instructions please see the back of envelope B or the back of the Postal Voting Statement, which you will receive in your postal voting pack.


How to Cancel Your Postal Vote

If you are currently a postal voter and wish to cancel your postal vote, to vote in person, please email your full name and address to and state that you no longer wish to vote by post.

If you have any other questions, or would like to know more, please get in touch.

Please note that if you are a postal or postal proxy voter at the time of an election deadline, you cannot cancel your postal/postal proxy vote after the 5pm deadline, and you are not able to change it to a proxy vote. The same applies to a proxy vote after the proxy vote deadline.