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Voting by Post


The 2021 Local and Greater Manchester Mayoral Elections will take place at a time when COVID-19 continues to present risks to public health. Postal Voting gives you the option of voting securely from home. We must receive completed applications for the 6 May Election by 5pm on Tuesday 20 April.

If you are unable to make it to your Polling Station on Polling Day, you can apply to vote by post instead. Voting by post is secure and safe, and you will mark your vote on the ballot paper in secret, sealing the envelope yourself.

Postal ballot papers are usually dispatched within 10 working days prior to the Election / Referendum and the deadline for applications is strictly 11 working days prior to the election. We advise submitting applications as soon as possible before the deadline of 5pm on 20 April.

To ensure voting by post is secure, you will need to provide your Date of Birth and Signature, also known as your personal identifiers. When the completed postal ballot paper is returned to us, these personal identifiers are compared with the ones on your postal vote application to verify your vote. Providing this information will not affect the secrecy of your vote as the ballot paper remains sealed.
Postal vote application form.
You must be registered to vote in order to apply for a postal vote.

Postal vote signatures need to be updated every 5 years by law, or if there have been any changes to your signature. The postal vote application form must be returned to us by post or scanned and sent by email. We cannot accept digital signatures as the signature must appear the way you would sign your name on paper.

Contact Information
Contact by Post

Electoral Services
Tameside One
Market Place
Contact by Telephone
0161 342 8355