Elections and referendums

How to vote and what to do on election day

If you have recently moved or you are not sure if you are registered to vote, please contact Electoral Services by email at [email protected] or on 01604 837111

Register to vote or change your details

If you are registering to vote for the first time or have changed your address you can do this online - you will need to provide your date of birth and National Insurance number. These details are checked against government records to help make sure that registrations are genuine.

Vote in person

You can vote at your designated polling station, from 7am to 10pm on polling day. Please check the address on your poll card as the venue may have changed.

You do not need to take your poll card with you to vote. The polling station staff will confirm your name and address with you.

You must be on the electoral register to vote. 

Vote by post

If you are 18 or over and on the electoral register, you can apply for a postal vote. A postal vote may be arranged for one election, indefinitely or for a specific period.

Please email your completed form to [email protected] or post it/hand-deliver it to us at:

Electoral Services
Northampton Borough Council
Guildhall, St. Giles Square

Postal vote packs will be sent out about 10 to 15 days before polling day. You must return the completed pack by 10pm on polling day. Completed postal packs can also be hand-delivered to your polling station by 10pm.

If you are not registered under the new individual electoral registration (IER) way of registering, then you will not be able to apply for a postal vote for this election, but may still vote in person at your polling station.

Vote by proxy

You may appoint someone to vote on your behalf if you are unable to get to the polling station. Anyone can be your proxy as long as they are registered under IER and eligible to vote in that election and are willing to vote on your behalf. A proxy cannot vote on behalf of more than two people unless they are close relatives.

Please email your completed form to [email protected] or post it/hand-deliver it to us.