The rules about hand delivering postal votes have changed

Postal voting packs for the Police and Crime Commissioner election taking place on Thursday 2 May 2024 will be sent to postal voters tomorrow (Friday 19 April 2024).

You can still return your postal vote in the usual way by posting it in a Royal Mail post box. Nothing has changed about this.

In some cases, however, a person might wish to hand deliver their postal vote rather than send it back via Royal Mail – and the rules about hand delivering postal votes have changed significantly.

At this election, you can only hand deliver a postal vote:

  • to a member of reception staff at St Mary’s Library or Carn Gwaval during office hours in the lead up to polling day or on polling day itself; or
  • to a member of polling station staff at any Isles of Scilly polling station on polling day.

When hand delivering a postal vote, you must complete a postal vote return form. The member of reception staff or polling station staff will provide you with this form. If you leave a postal vote without completing the form, the postal vote will be rejected.

You can only hand in your own postal vote plus a maximum of five for other electors. If you are a political campaigner, the other electors must be close relatives or people for whom you provide regular care. The maximum of five applies to the election as a whole, not to each individual visit to hand in postal votes.

Publishing date: 
Thursday, 18 April, 2024