Voting by post
Voting by post in the May 2021 elections
If you vote by post, you will receive a pack with three ballot papers.
- The white one is for the local elections where you vote for a councillor to represent your area.
- The green one is for the Police and Crime Commissioner election.
- The yellow one is for the West Midlands Mayoral election.
Watch our video for more information about using your postal vote in 2021.
Apply for a postal vote
A postal vote means you can cast your vote and post it back to the council without going to a polling station on election day.
You can apply for a postal vote for one particular election or for all elections until further notice.
Please note, the deadline for registering for a postal vote to vote in the May 2021 elections has now passed. You can still apply to vote by post in future elections.
To register to vote by post for future elections, download an application form from the Electoral Commission website.
You will need to scan the completed form as it must contain your signature and then email it as an attachment to firstname.lastname@example.org
Alternatively you can print out and complete your form, then return it by post to:
Sandwell Council House
If you choose to vote by post, your ballot paper will be sent to you one to two weeks before election day and you will need to return it before the poll closes.
Here's a video showing you what happens to your postal vote.
Top tips for using a postal vote
- Complete your postal vote in private and do not let anyone else see it as you would at a polling station.
- Do not let anyone else vote for you.
- Do not give your ballot paper or postal pack to anyone else.
- Seal all envelopes yourself.
- Take your postal vote to the post box yourself, if this is not possible give it to someone you know and trust to post it for you.
- Check for a priority post box close to where you live. These post boxes have early and late collection times and many are emptied on Saturday and Sunday.
- If anyone tries to help you against your will, or forces you to give them your postal vote, you should contact the police.