Ways to vote

Vote by post

If you’re going to be away on election day or don't want to attend the polling station, you can register for a postal vote instead. You can apply for a postal vote at any time during the year. 

It is now too late to apply for a postal vote for the May 2022 elections. The deadline was 5pm on Tuesday 19 April.

There’s a short application form that you need to complete. This will ask for:

  • your name and address
  • the address you want the postal vote sent to
  • your signature and date of birth

you must return this form to us at: Electoral Office, PO Box 720, Bodicote, Banbury, OX16 6LR. Alternatively you can scan and email forms to us at elections@cherwell-dc.gov.uk 

What happens next?

Depending on when you applied, postal votes are sent around two to three weeks before polling day. You should follow the instructions to complete and return your postal vote. When we receive your postal vote, your signature and date of birth will be checked against the information on your application form. If the details match, the ballot paper will go into the main count at the end of election day.

If the details don’t match, for example you use a different signature or forget to fill in your date of birth, we will reject it. Your ballot paper won’t be included in the count. If this happens, we will write to you after the election to tell you. We are not legally permitted to contact you before the election to tell you if your postal vote has been rejected.