028 9147 8292


Registering for a Postal Vote for the Westminster Election – 04 July 2024

How to Get a Postal or Proxy Vote in Northern Ireland for the 4 July Westminster Election

The upcoming Westminster election on 4 July is an important opportunity for you to have your say in shaping the future of our community and country. If you are unable to vote in person on election day, you can still participate by applying for a postal or proxy vote. Here’s a step-by-step guide to help you navigate the process and ensure your voice is heard.

Why Opt for a Postal or Proxy Vote?

A postal vote is an option if you:

  • Will be away from home on election day.
  • Have a medical condition or disability that makes it difficult to visit a polling station.
  • Work commitments or travel plans that prevent you from voting in person.

Step-by-Step Guide to Applying for a Postal Vote

Step 1: Check Your Eligibility

Before applying for a postal vote, ensure you are registered to vote. You must be on the electoral register to request a postal vote. If you are not registered, you can do so online at the Electoral Office for Northern Ireland website.

There are two types of absent votes:

  • Postal vote – this is where your ballot paper is posted to you in advance of the election. You then complete your ballot paper and post it back to us
  • Proxy vote – this is where you appoint someone you trust to vote on your behalf. They would go and vote for you in your allocated polling station

The deadline for applying to vote by post or proxy at the UK Parliamentary Election on 4 July is 5.00pm on 14 June 2024.

To be added to the register itself the deadline is 18 June.

For more information and the forms needed visit the Electoral Office for Northern Ireland website – click here

Step 2: Download the Postal Vote Application Form

Visit the Electoral Office for Northern Ireland’s website and download the postal vote application form. The form is straightforward and requires basic information such as your name, address, and electoral number (which can be found on your poll card).

Step 3: Fill Out the Application Form

Complete the application form with your details. You will need to specify the reason for requesting a postal vote, such as being away on election day or having a medical condition. Make sure to fill in all required fields accurately.

Step 4: Provide Identification

In Northern Ireland, you must provide proof of identity when applying for a postal vote. This can be a copy of your passport, driving license, or Electoral Identity Card. Ensure that the identification document is valid and up-to-date.

Step 5: Submit Your Application

Once you have completed the form and gathered your identification, you need to submit your application to the Electoral Office. You can send it by post or deliver it in person to your local Area Electoral Office. The address details will be available on the Electoral Office’s website.

Step 6: Wait for Confirmation

After submitting your application, the Electoral Office will process your request. If your application is successful, you will receive a postal voting pack, which includes your ballot paper, instructions on how to vote by post, and a prepaid return envelope.

Step 7: Cast Your Vote

When you receive your postal voting pack, carefully follow the instructions to mark your ballot paper. Place your completed ballot paper in the provided envelope and seal it securely. Ensure that your vote is returned by the deadline specified in the instructions. It’s a good idea to post it as early as possible to avoid any delays.

Important Deadlines to Remember

  • Registration Deadline: Ensure you are registered to vote by the deadline of 18th June.
  • Postal Vote Application Deadline: Submit your postal vote application form by the specified deadline, of 14th June – please note this is before the deadline of joining the register.
  • Return Your Postal Vote: Post your completed ballot as soon as possible to ensure it arrives before the deadline.

Need Help?

If you need assistance with your postal vote application, the Kilcooley Women’s Centre is here to help. Our team can provide guidance and support to ensure you can participate in the election. Contact us  for more information.

Women’s Suffrage – Importance of Voting

Women fought and died for the privilege of voting.  Voting is a fundamental right and an important way to have your say in the democratic process. If you cannot vote in person on 4 July, applying for a postal vote is a convenient alternative. Follow the steps outlined above to ensure you can cast your vote and make your voice heard in the upcoming Westminster election.

For more detailed information, visit the Electoral Office for Northern Ireland’s website or contact your local Area Electoral Office. Don’t miss this opportunity to participate in shaping the future of our community and country.

Follow our social media channels for information on local hustings events which you can attend, challenge the candidates and have the needs of women, children and families up the agenda on the party manifestos.