You can only apply to vote by post or by proxy if you are registered to vote.

If you are included in the register of electors you can apply to vote by post or by proxy.  You don't have to wait for an election to be announced before you apply.

All absent voting applications require your personal identifiers - date of birth and signature, and must be completed correctly.  

Applications must be received by the Electoral Registration Officer at Welwyn Hatfield Borough Council by specific deadlines.

Absent Vote Application TypeDeadline
Download Application form to vote by post5pm eleven working days before the day of an election
Download application form to vote by proxy5pm six working days before the day of an election


If you are unable to download a form from the above link you can contact the Electoral Services Team: or by telephone: 01707 357300.

Completed application forms can be:

  • emailed as an attachment to  The form must be a clear image and just show the form itself, or
  • sent by post to: The Electoral Registration Officer, Welwyn Hatfield Borough Council, The Campus, Welwyn Garden City AL8 6AE