It is important to remember that you must register to vote in order to vote!
General Elections happen every five years. The next General Election will be on the 7th May 2020. It is important that you register to vote. You cannot vote unless you register.
There are three ways to vote:
- At a Polling Station - Before an election you will be posted a poll card. Your poll card will tell you where your polling station is. Your local polling station is where you can vote in person. Polling stations are often at churches, community centres and schools. However they can be in all sorts of places. Polling stations are usually open from 7am to 10 pm.
- By Post - You will be sent a form similar to the registration form. You should fill out the postal vote application and send it to your local electoral services team. Before elections, you will receive a ballot paper in the post.
- By Proxy - Voting by proxy means choosing someone else to vote for you. You need to fill in a new form to choose who will vote for you. This person can visit your polling station or apply for a postal vote in order to vote on your behalf
Who can vote?
You're allowed to vote if:
- you're 18 or over,
- you're a British, Commonwealth, Irish and other European Union citizen,
- you're a member of the armed forces - or their spouse,
- you're a crown servant employed outside the United Kingdom*,
- a UK citizen based overseas**.
* crown servants and European citizens are only allowed to vote in European and local elections.
** overseas electors are only allowed to vote in Parliamentary and European elections.
Polling Station Times
Polls open at 7am and close at 10pm.
When you arrive at your polling station you'll be asked to confirm your name and address and we will then give you a ballot paper(s).
You can then take the ballot paper(s) to the voting booth and mark with an "X" the candidate(s) you wish to vote for. Fold the ballot paper(s) and put it in the ballot box.
Telephone: (01902) 696121
Fax: (01902) 696800