If you live in Tenerife and have a postal vote in the EU elections, check the envelope you’re returning them in to be sure they’ll count

I’ve received the following from a British national reader who’s resident in Tenerife, and I think it’s worth reproducing in case anyone falls foul of this:

My wife and I received our postal votes today for the european elections. Hers comes from Scotland and mine from Northumberland. I noticed that hers had an airmail sign on it and was addressed properly (ie it Had Scotland UK on it). Mine wasn’t so I put it on myself. I then took them both to the Post Office. Something mad me hand them in rather than posting them. I’m glad I did as I was told that mine needed to be paid for. It had the equivalent of a first class stamp on it that was no good for sending from here. I rang my constituent up and was told it was an error. Being cynical it has made me suspicious as had I posted the letter I’m not sure it would have arrived in time or at all and my vote would be lost.

The reader says that he would like everyone with postal votes to check what they’ve been given to make sure their vote counts.


  1. My wife and I decided to go for a proxy vote due to timescale and the security that our Brexit vote would coumt.

  2. Author

    Thanks for the double confirmation, Stewart … so it is clear that they are sending out postal votes with envelopes that cannot be used (as intended) from abroad. A cynic might think it was not just a case of ineptitude …

  3. My wife took her postal vote to the Correos this morning and they told her she needed to put a stamp on it as pre-paid postage wasn’t accepted here.

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