Elections and Voting

— MAKE SURE YOU ARE REGISTERED —

You never know – a general election may be just around the corner

Register to Vote at
www.gov.uk/register-to-vote

How Do I Vote ?

There are three ways to vote –

  1. In person at a polling station
  2. By postal vote
  3. By proxy

Voting in person at a polling station

  • Polling stations are open 7am to 10pm
  • If the polling station is busy at 10pm, the local authority can allow all those that are in the queue waiting to vote at 10pm to come in and vote, even if this goes past the 10pm deadline
  • You DO NOT need any form of ID – although many believe you should have to prove who you are
  • You DO NOT need to take your polling card with you – although it helps
  • There may be people from political parties outside the polling station, called tellers.  They are not allowed to hassle you or campaign in any way. Tell polling station staff if they do this
  • Tellers may ask for your voter number – you DO NOT have to give it to them
  • Tellers may ask how you voted – you DO NOT have to tell them
  • If you make a mistake on your ballot paper go back and ask for another one – you are entitled to do this
  • If you want to change your vote on the paper you were given, make it very clear.  Mark which candidate you WANT to vote for and which one you DON’T
  • NEVER EVER EVER write your name, your voter ID or sign or initial your ballot paper – even if you make a mistake.  DO NOT SIGN OR INITIAL against the correction – if you can be identified in any way by a mark on the paper your vote will be DISQUALIFIED
  • Tell older people about the above item – it is often older people who (wrongly) believe they should initial or sign if they make a correction

Postal Voting

  • You can apply for a postal vote HERE
  • Print off, sign and post this form back to your local authority at least 11 days before an election
  • You will be sent a ballot paper in the post, usually a week or so before polling day
  • You need to cast your vote and send it back in the envelope provided
  • If you forget to post your vote back you can take it (sealed in the return envelope) to your nearest polling station on polling day, or to your local authority offices

Proxy Voting

  • You can appoint someone else to vote for you, for example if you are going to be away near to election time – this is called a proxy vote
  • The person you nominate will have to go to YOUR local polling station to cast the vote on your behalf – so don’t do a proxy vote for someone who lives miles away!
  • One person can be a proxy for no more than 2 other people
  • You can apply for a proxy vote HERE
  • You need to print off, sign and post back to your local authority at least 6 days before an election
  • The local authority will send a letter to the person you nominate, giving them the authority to vote on your behalf. They DO NOT need your polling card in order to vote, but they MUST have the letter from the local authority
  • Obviously, you should only entrust a proxy vote to someone you know will vote the way you instruct!

What Else?

Well you should definitely read what all the Parties are saying about Brexit (and other things). You can find details of our policy ideas here.

You might also want to find out a little about the various candidates – my about page is here.