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Busy life? Register to vote by post

If you didn’t make it to the polling station this time, why not register to vote by post or by proxy now, ready for next time? It’s the easy way not to miss your chance to vote.

Anyone can apply to vote this way, and you don’t need to give a reason. Simply visit the Basingstoke & Deane website to download a form.

What happens next

Approximately three weeks before polling day ballot papers are produced and printed. Yours will then be sent to you, in your postal voting pack.

Once you receive your postal voting pack, make sure to keep it somewhere safe. Don’t let anyone else handle it, and avoid leaving it where someone else could pick it up.

Completing your ballot paper

Read the ballot paper carefully. Different elections might use different electoral systems, so it’s important to make sure you know how to fill it in correctly. Some elections ask for one cross in one box, and others might ask you to rank candidates with numbers. Complete the ballot paper

Complete the ballot paper in line with the instructions. Make sure you do it alone and in secret. Make sure it’s signed and sealed

Once you’ve completed your ballot paper, put it in the smaller envelope and seal it up. Next, complete and sign the postal voting statement, and put everything inside the big envelope and seal it all up.

Keep it somewhere safe until you’re ready to post it.

The video below explains how to use your postal vote when you receive it.

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