With effect from 31 October 2023, the application process for a postal vote or proxy vote is changing.
Electors will be able to apply for a postal or proxy vote online. A paper-based option will still be available. All applications will require an identity check as part of the application process. Applicants will be asked for a National Insurance Number, date of birth and signature. There will also be an exceptions process and a verification process.
Applications can be made on line here:
New paper application forms will be available from the Elections and Member Support Team, Stoke-on-Trent City Council, Civic Centre, Glebe Street, ST4 1HH from 31 October 2023.
Postal vote arrangements will be limited to a maximum of three years, following which the elector will be required to make a new application.
The new regulations will put limits on the number of electors for whom a person may act as proxy. The number of electors a person can act as proxy for will be reduced to 4, of which no more than 2 can be domestic electors.