Registering to vote
If you are not included in the electoral register you cannot vote at elections even if, for example, you are registered to pay council tax. Please note that the latest an application to be registered may be received to be in time for a particular election, is the elevnth working day before the poll.
Please see the registration application form.
For information about registering as a service voter or overseas elector, and for application forms, please visit the Electoral Commission's about my vote website.
For further information or advice on electoral registration please see our guide to registering to vote, or contact the elections office via our:
Voting by post
Once you have registered, it is possible to ask for a postal vote. Complete and return our:
Your application must be received no later than 5pm, 11 working days before election day.
Once registered for a postal vote, your ballot paper will be posted to you for you to fill in and return.
Voting by proxy
It is possible to let someone else vote for you. This is called a proxy vote. The person you choose to vote for you must vote for the candidate you want.
The reason for needing a proxy vote must be given on your application form - for example being away on holiday on polling day. The application must be received by 5pm six working days before election day.
However, applications on the grounds of a medical emergency can be made up until 5pm on polling day.
To appoint an emergency proxy for the forthcoming elections, or if you wish to appoint a proxy for a longer-term period, for example because of your work or health, please contact electoral services or call us on 01993 861410.
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