When is the deadline to return my election postal vote and can I still get one?

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Prime Minister Theresa May called a snap general election on June 8 and the nation will go to the polls to pick who it wants to run the country. 

But what if you can't make it to the polling station next week? Here's everything you need to know about postal voting, including the deadline and how to get one. 

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What is a postal vote?

In England, Scotland and Wales, you can choose to vote by post if you cannot or do not wish to attend your polling station in person.  Different arrangements for postal voting apply in Northern Ireland. See here for further details.

When do I need to return my postal vote by?

You've got until 10pm on Thursday, June 8 (polling day) to return your postal vote.

Your local electoral registration office must have received it by then, otherwise your vote won't be counted - so make sure you post it at least two or three days before the deadline.

If you're not able to send it, you can hand it in at your local council on the day. 

The postal voting instructions will be clearly laid out in your postal voting pack.

What's the process?

Complete your ballot paper in secret, then put it in the envelope supplied and seal it tight.  

You must also remember to fill in and sign the accompanying postal voting statement.

Put both items into the larger envelope and post it back to your local electoral registration office. 

Can I return my postal vote from abroad?

Yes. A postal vote can be sent to your home address, or any other address you provide. You just need to remember to allow enough time for it to be returned so it arrives back by 10pm on polling day otherwise your vote won't be counted.

If you're posting your vote from overseas you'll need to pay for postage. Otherwise there's a Freepost envelope provided for returns within the UK.

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Is it too late to register?

Afraid so. The deadline in England, Scotland and Wales was 5pm on Tuesday May 23. 

In Northern Ireland, the rules are different. The deadline for an absent vote application in Northern Ireland was 5pm on Thursday May 18. 

To apply for a postal vote you should have printed, filled in and signed this postal application form before returning it to your local electoral registration office. You can find the address here. Remember for next time!

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