How Postal Voting Works
A postal vote can be sent to the voter’s home address or to an address where he/she is resident at the time of the election. However, for security reasons, existing postal voters must give a reason if they ask for their postal votes to be re-directed.
Apply to vote by post online
Only electors who are registered individually are entitled to apply to vote by post. A letter has already been sent to anyone who is not yet individually registered, and who previously held a postal vote in Neath Port Talbot, to advise them that they are no longer entitled to a postal vote. If you are eligible for a postal vote, you may set one up on a permanent basis or one temporarily for a specific election. You can also have one set up for a specific period (e.g. while a student is away at university).
If you are not yet individually registered, you can now apply to vote online
You will receive a Postal Voting Statement form you must complete, and an envelope in which to place your marked ballot paper. Return both the form and the sealed ballot-paper envelope in the larger prepaid envelope that will also be provided.
Please email (firstname.lastname@example.org) or telephone (01639 763330) Electoral Services to request a postal vote application form.
Voting from overseas
If you want the postal vote to be sent to an overseas address, you should be confident that the postal services can deliver it to you and return it to the relevant election office in the UK within five working days. If you are not sure that this can be done, the best idea might be to appoint a proxy vote on your behalf.
The larger envelope for the return of the documents will not be prepaid if you have asked for the postal vote to be sent to an address outside the UK.
Please note that once you have been sent a postal ballot paper you will not be able to vote in person.
Getting your vote in on time
It is not possible normally to send out postal votes any earlier than about eight working days in advance of an election being held. This should give the elector ample opportunity to fill out the ballot paper and return it by post to our office before the close of poll on election day. Postal votes can also be returned by hand to the Council Offices, or to a polling station within the appropriate electoral area, again before the close of poll.
A voter who sends a postal vote will not be allowed to vote in person at a polling station. Replacements for lost or spoilt postal voting papers can be collected from the Council Offices, Port Talbot up to 5pm on the day of the poll. In these circumstances, voters will be asked to produce proof of identity.