Postal vote: When do I return my ballot and how do I do it?

Postal voting papers for the UK general election
Postal voting papers for the UK general election

Britain will go to the polls for the general election on July 4, although voters are not required to attend a polling station in person to have their say.

Instead, they can select their candidate by post provided they had registered to do so before the deadline, which passed on June 18 at 11.59pm.

This can be done if you will not be able to attend a polling station on polling day or if it is more convenient for you.

How do I cast my postal vote?

Those who have applied for a postal vote will automatically be sent a postal ballot.

All the necessary information on how to correctly select a candidate and send in your vote is provided on the form.

When do I need to cast my postal vote by?

It is advised that postal voters fill out their forms and send them for free via the Post Office or a postbox as soon as they can.

There is no formal deadline for when the ballot needs to be sent off. But if you do so too close to July 4, it may not be delivered in time to be counted.

Alternatively, voters can take their completed forms to a local polling station and deliver them by hand before the polls close at 10pm on polling day.

What documentation do I need?

You need to be registered to vote already and will be asked for your date of birth, postcode and national insurance number or passport number.

Voters must also provide a sample of their signature by taking a photo and uploading it.