Any voter can apply for a postal (or proxy) vote in the usual way for May’s elections, including the alternative vote referendum. However, people who have previously applied for a permanent postal vote may also be entitled to one without having to re-apply.
There are three categories:
- People who have a permanent postal vote for a UK Parliamentary election – they will get a referendum postal vote too.
- People who have a permanent postal vote for a local election and are on the register for somewhere that is holding an election in May – they will get a referendum postal vote too (if they are are entitled to vote in the referendum).
- People who do not fall into either of the above categories but apply specifically for a postal vote for the referendum, or for both the referendum and other election(s) in their area.
If you want to apply for a postal vote you can do so via the Electoral Commission’s special website.