What is postal voting? You must be registered to vote before you can apply for a postal vote. You can vote by post instead of going to vote in a polling station. The postal vote pack and ballot paper is sent to you by post for you to complete and return by polling day. You may apply for a postal vote at any time and you do not need a reason. You can apply for a postal vote for a specific election, or for a maximum period of three years, after which you will need to apply again. You need to prove your identity as part of the application process. Both online and paper applications require ID verification. Postal votes are usually issued around ten days before an election. Completed postal voting packs and ballot papers must be returned by 10pm on polling day. Apply for a postal vote The way you apply for a postal vote has changed. You can now apply online for a postal vote. You must be registered to vote before you can apply for a postal vote. Apply for a postal vote on the GOV.UK website During the application process you will need to provide: Your National Insurance number A photograph of your handwritten signature in black ink on plain white paper If you cannot provide a signature, or cannot make a consistent signature, you may be able to apply for a postal vote signature waiver within the online service. If you cannot provide a National Insurance number you might be asked for extra documents to confirm your identity. Apply for a postal vote using a paper form If you cannot apply online you can download and complete a paper form. Download a paper form from the Electoral Commission website. To return your paper form, or to request that we send you a paper application form you can use the contact details below. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Telephone: 0300 373 3300 Post: Electoral Registration Officer South Lakeland House Lowther Street Kendal LA9 4DQ Alternatively you can contact the teams in person at the Town Hall at Barrow, Kendal or Penrith.