Don’t let the weather silence your voice: apply for a postal vote

A winter election means it’s likely to be cold and dark – and you’ll be busy preparing for Christmas – but don’t let that put you off: vote from the comfort of your own home

So, 12 December: 12 days before Christmas Eve – and general election day. And one thing we know is certain: it’s going to be cold. And dark: in London, the sun won’t rise until 7:56am – and it will set again at 3:51pm; in Inverness, sunrise will be 8:49am with sunset at 3:31pm.

Oh … and it might well be wet. Or even snowing.

On top of that, the run-up to Christmas is a busy time: presents to buy, decorations to put up, cards to send …

And all of that is likely to mean people are less willing to trek to their nearest polling station and cast a vote in their third general election in four years. Especially if they are getting on in years, aren’t very mobile to begin with or they’ve just got home after a full day at work.

But that doesn’t mean you, your family, your friends or your fellow UNISON members need to lose your voice to the weather when it comes having a say on who governs us until the next general election!

Just ask for a postal vote. Anyone can apply to vote by post – you don’t need to give a reason. And it’s relatively simple. All you need to do is fill in a form.


Download a postal vote application (England, Scotland, Wales)

Download a Welsh language postal vote application

Once you’ve filled in the form, send it to your local electoral registration office – you can find out where that is using the link below.

Find your local electoral registration office

Just enter your post code and you’ll be directed to the relevant page on your local authority’s website.

So don’t delay. Make doubly sure that your voice is heard on election day – along with those of your family and friends – by applying for a postal vote today.

The situation is slightly different in Northern Ireland, and you will be required to give a reason.

Find out more about applying for a postal vote in Northern Ireland