General Election 2017

1. Eligibility

Visit Your Vote Matters to check if you can vote in the General Election.

You can vote if you are:

  • 18 or over on the 8 June 
  • a British, Irish or Commonwealth citizen resident at an address in the UK (or a British citizen living abroad who has been registered to vote in the UK in the last 15 years)
The Electoral Commission advises British citizens living overseas to apply for a proxy vote if they aren't sure whether there is enough time for a postal vote to be sent to them and returned to the UK by polling day.

2. How to register

If you’re not already registered to vote, visit GOV.UK to register by Monday 22 May.

 

3. Vote in person, or by post or proxy

Vote in person

You’ll receive a poll card at the address where you’re registered, which will tell you where to vote. Don’t worry if you lose it, you don’t need it to vote - the card is for information purposes only and you can contact our electoral services team to find out where your polling station is.   

Vote by post or by proxy

If you’re travelling, or unable to get to your polling station on 8 June there are other options. As long as you’re registered or have made an application to register, you can apply for a postal vote or a proxy vote (where someone you trust votes on your behalf). You can ask anyone to act as your proxy - as long as they’re registered to vote and they’re eligible to vote in the General Election.

If you need a postal or proxy vote, go to Your Vote Matters to download a form. If you would prefer a paper application please contact electoral services on 020 7641 7500 to request a paper copy. You must be registered to vote before applying for a postal or proxy vote.

Deadlines

Postal vote application deadline: 5pm, Tuesday 23 May

Proxy vote application deadline: 5pm, Wednesday 31 May

4. Poll cards

If you are on the electoral register, you will receive a poll card in May.

You should expect to receive your poll card from Westminster City Council from 3 May onwards. If you don't receive a poll card, you may not be on the electoral register. Visit GOV.UK by Monday 22 May to register or let us know if you haven't received a poll card.

Taking your poll card with you when you vote makes it easier and quicker for polling staff to find you on the electoral register. If you lose your poll card, you don’t need it to vote. Contact electoral services to find your polling station.

If you receive a poll card but are unable to go to your polling station on 8 June, you can apply for a postal or proxy vote.

If you have a  postal vote in place, you will receive a postal poll card from the council.


Last updated: 20 April 2017
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