Frequently Asked Questions
Who is eligible to vote at the UK Parliamentary General Election (UKPGE)?
- Every British, Republic of Ireland and qualifying Commonwealth citizen over 18 years of age.
- Overseas electors.
- Members of HM Forces and their spouses.
There are also people who are ineligible to vote at the UKPGE these include:
- Members of the House of Lords
- Detained convicted prisoners
- Offenders detained in a mental hospital
- Persons found guilty of certain corrupt or illegal practices (A person found guilty of certain corrupt practices is legally incapable of being registered to vote for five years from the date of the conviction)
How do I get my name on the Electoral Register for the UKPGE?
The deadline to submit an application to appear on the Electoral Register in time to vote at the UK Parliamentary General Election is Tuesday, 26 November 2019. Any applications received after this date will NOT BE VALID for the forthcoming election. It is advisable to submit an application to register as early as possible, in case there is an issue with the application. You can now register online at www.gov.uk/register-to-vote or over the phone by ringing 01639 763330
Why should I register?
- You are required to do so by law.
- If you do not register, then you cannot exercise your right to vote in any election or referendum.
- It is much harder to obtain credit if you are not on the Register of Electors.
If I pay council tax am I automatically registered?
No, electoral registration is a separate process performed by the elections office. There are different requirements to be registered to vote.
I’m a student and I’m not sure where I should register to vote.
Students are entitled to register at both their home address and their university (term time) address if it is a different electoral area.
It is an offence to vote more than once in a national election – this includes the General Election on 12 December.
Postal / Proxy Voting
I cannot make it to the Polling Station on Election Day, how else can I vote?
Only persons who are IER registered can apply to vote by post. This method of voting can be arranged on a temporary or permanent basis. Please contact the Elections Office who will advise you if you are IER registered, and if eligible, will provide you with a postal vote application form that you will need to complete for the arrangement to take effect.
Alternatively, it is also possible to let someone else vote on your behalf, this is called a proxy vote. Unlike a postal vote this requires you to give a reason why you cannot vote in person (e.g. on holiday, physical incapacity, or employment). It is possible to have a permanent proxy vote for reasons of physical incapacity or employment. However, your application will have to be certified by a third party, and your proxy must be IER registered. In the case of physical incapacity, it is a Doctor, Nurse, Warden of sheltered accommodation or manager of a care/nursing home. In the case of employment, the application must be certified by your employer or a person willing to certify that you are self–employed.
Please contact the Elections Office who will advise which form you need to complete.
What is the deadline for applying for a postal vote for the UK Parliamentary General Election?
You must have returned your application by no later than 5pm on Tuesday 26 November, 2019.
After this time, you have missed the deadline to apply for a postal vote for the elections on 12 December. You would still be able to apply for a postal vote for future elections.
What is the deadline for applying for a proxy vote for the 12 December Election?
If you are amending an existing proxy vote or to set up a new proxy arrangement, you must return your application by no later than 5pm on Wednesday 4 December, 2019.
You can apply to vote by proxy for emergency medical reasons up until 5pm on Thursday 12 December, 2019.
I haven’t received my postal ballot paper yet.
You should receive your postal ballot paper about a week before the elections. If it hasn’t arrived 5 days before polling day, or you subsequently lose it, you can get a replacement ballot paper in person from your local elections office, up until 5pm on polling day.
If you have spoilt your ballot paper or postal voting statement, you can get a replacement until 5pm on polling day. Do not destroy or throw away your postal ballot papers. You will need to return them.
I have a postal vote, but I have received a poll card.
We send out a poll card to everyone on the register in areas where there are elections. This includes a postal vote poll card to registered postal voters.
Why do I have to give my date of birth and signature? How is it secret?
When you apply for a postal (or proxy) vote you must provide your date of birth and signature. When you get your postal ballot paper there will be a separate statement on which you will be asked for the same details. This is for security reasons and the details must match those provided in your application for your vote to be counted.
However, rest assured that the statement is separated from the ballot paper envelope. This happens before the sealed ballot paper envelope is opened and the vote is counted.
It is an offence to complete a postal vote that is not your own, and to intimidate voters. If you have any allegations of fraud, they should be referred to the Elections Office. Special arrangements have been made between the elections office and the police to ensure the security of this election.
I opted for a postal vote but I don’t want to post it/I’m too late to post it.
You can deliver your ballot paper off on polling day at your normal polling station, or to any other polling station in your Parliamentary Constituency (by 10pm on 12 December). You cannot be given another ballot paper at the polling station.
I’ve been made the proxy for someone and I don’t know how it works.
It’s simple to vote as someone’s proxy. You will be sent a special proxy poll letter with details of where you should go to vote.
If you can’t attend the polling station you can vote as a proxy by post, but you must apply by 5pm on Wednesday 4 December, 2019.
If you are going to the polling station just tell the staff there that you are voting as a proxy and they will tell you what to do. Don’t forget to take your proxy poll letter – Although you do not have to take it with you this will speed up the ballot paper issuing process.
How do I find out where my polling station is?
Your poll card will tell you the location of your polling station. Your polling station may have changed since the last time you voted. Don’t assume that the place you previously voted is still being used.
Polling hours are between 7am – 10pm.
I have lost my poll card, what do I do?
The poll card is only there to inform you that there is an election. You do not need the poll card to vote. On polling day go along to your polling station and give your name and address and you will be allowed to vote. If you are unsure of where your polling station is please contact the Elections Office.
How to contact us
If you have any queries regarding Electoral Registration or Elections please contact the Elections Office on:-
Telephone: 01639 763330.
Or write to: Electoral Registration Officer,