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Absent Voting

What are the changes?

Changes to absent voting include:

  • Political parties and campaigners will be banned from handling postal votes
  • There will be a limit to the number of postal votes a person can hand in at a polling station
  • Postal voters will need to make a fresh application every three years, instead of the five-yearly signature refresh
  • Electors will only be allowed to act as proxy for up to four people, of which no more than two can be "domestic electors" - i.e. not overseas voters
  • Postal or proxy voting applications will include a requirement for the applicant's identity to be verified.

When will these apply?

The changes are expected to be in place for the May 2024 Police and Crime Commissioner elections.