We expect that the changes to absent voting will come into force from Thursday 4 May 2023. If you are applying to vote by post or by proxy, you will be asked to provide proof of your identity. A new online application service will be set up. This will enable you to apply for a postal or proxy vote, and verify your identity, online.
Currently if you vote by post you are required to refresh your signature every five years. This will be changed to having to renew your postal vote every three years. If you hand in your postal vote at a polling station on the day of the election, you will only be allowed to hand in a maximum of six postal votes.
Political parties and campaigners will be prevented from handing in postal votes.
You will only be able to act as a proxy for a maximum of four people. Of these four, the maximum number who can be ‘domestic electors’ (voters living in the UK) is 2.