New rules as postal voters receive ballots

Published: 16 April 2024

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People who have registered for postal votes will see their ballots for the Hampshire and Isle of Wight Police and Crime Commissioner election arrive in their letterbox over the next few days.

Most postal votes are returned via Royal Mail, but they can also be handed in at County Hall during office hours or to any polling station on election day (Thursday 2 May).

However, rules on who can handle postal votes have now changed. 

  • Voters will be only able to hand in their own postal vote, and the postal votes of up to five other people, at a polling station (or County Hall).
  • Campaigners can only hand in their own postal vote, and postal votes for up to five other people that are either close relatives, or someone they provide regular care for.
  • All individuals handing in postal votes to local authority offices or polling stations will need to complete a postal vote return form.
There are currently more than 18,000 postal voters on the Isle of Wight out of a total electorate of 110,725.