Westminster City Council Election 2018

1. Eligibility

You can vote if you are:

  • 18 or over on the 3 May
  • British citizen, qualifying Commonwealth citizen, or a citizen of the European Union resident in the UK
  • not subject to any legal incapacity to vote

Visit Your Vote Matters to check if you can vote in the local council elections.

2. How to register

Deadline to register to vote in the council elections is midnight on Tuesday 17 April.

You need to be on the electoral register to vote. You only need to register once and you do not need to register separately for every election. However, you must register again if you have changed your name, nationality or if you have moved to a new address.

It takes around five minutes to register and all you need is your National Insurance Number.

Visit GOV.uk to register.

3. Vote in person, by post or proxy

Once you have registered to vote, you can choose to vote in person at a polling station, by post or by proxy.

Vote in person

You will receive a poll card at the address where you are registered, which will tell you where to vote. Do not worry if you lose it, you do not 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 are travelling, or unable to get to your polling station on 3 May there are other options. As long as you are 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 at your local polling station).

You can ask anyone to act as your proxy, as long as they are registered to vote and are eligible to vote in a local council 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 2730 to request a paper copy. You must be registered to vote before applying for a postal or proxy vote.


Postal vote application deadline: 5pm, Wednesday 18 April

Proxy vote application deadline: 5pm, Wednesday 25 April

4. Poll card

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

If you don't receive a poll card, you may not be on the electoral register. 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 3 May, you can apply for a postal or proxy vote. 

If you have a postal vote in place, you will receive a postal confirmation letter from the council.


Last updated: 8 February 2018
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