Frequently asked questions - Elections
- Q: Am I registered to vote?
- Q: Voting - I have not had my poll card for this election
- Q: I have had a poll card, but I usually vote by post
- Q: I don't want to vote why have I been sent a poll card?
- Q: When will my postal vote arrive?
- Q: Can postal ballot papers be sent overseas?
- Q: I am unable to sign either the Postal Vote Application Form or Postal Vote Statement.
- Q: When does the completed postal ballot paper have to be received back by?
- Q: What happens if my postal vote gets lost, is not received or is spoilt?
Q: Can someone else vote on my behalf (proxy voting)?
A proxy vote is where you nominate someone else - a trusted family member or friend to vote for you. It can be particularly useful if you are overseas in a country too far away to send back a postal vote in time for the election (for instance, if you are on holiday, in the Armed Forces or deployed overseas). For you to vote by proxy, we need a completed application form from you. That form asks you to tell us why you will not be able to vote in person and it asks for the name and address of your proxy.
A proxy vote application form can be downloaded here
A proxy poll card is sent out to your appointed proxy.
- Q: I have just had a hospital appointment / or I have had a recent illness that means I cannot vote in person. It is too late to apply to vote by post or by proxy ?
- Q: What if we have recently moved or are moving soon, or if some of the people on the form are living/moving away from home?
- Q: I vote by proxy and my nominated proxy has registered as a postal proxy (to vote on my behalf by post). Will you be writing to both of us to ask for fresh signatures?
- Q: How can I stand as a candidate?
- Q: What if I applied to register ages ago but I'm still not on the register?
- Q: What are the full and open registers?
- Q: What is the deadline for applying for a postal vote for the forthcoming election?
- Q: What is the deadline for applying for a proxy vote in the forthcoming election?