This page has all the information you need about elections and voting.
All the information you need for elections this year can be found on our elections 2013 page.
Register of electors
The electoral register is the list of everyone who is registered to vote. You need to be on the electoral register to vote in UK elections and referendums.
Between October 2013 and February 2014 we will be carrying out a canvass of all properties within the borough. To find out more about registering to vote go to our register to vote page.
The following people are allowed to vote:
- If you are eighteen or over
- British, Commonwealth, Irish and other European Union citizens
- Overseas electors (Only allowed to vote in Parliamentary and European Parliamentary elections)
- Members of HM Forces and their spouses
- Crown servants employed outside the United Kingdom
- European citizens are allowed to vote in European and Local Elections only
- Overseas Electors are allowed to vote in Parliamentary and European Elections only
Poll cards are delivered shortly before an election. Each member of the household who is eligible to vote should receive a poll card which informs them of the date of the election, where their polling station is and the hours of poll. You do not need to take the poll card with you to be able to vote.
- The hours of poll for all elections are 7am to 10pm.
- When you arrive at your designated polling station, the Presiding Officer will ask you to confirm your name and address and will issue you with a ballot paper.
- The ballot paper will be marked with an official stamp.
- You should take the ballot paper to the voting booth and mark with an "X" any candidate you wish to vote for. The ballot paper will indicate how many councillors are to be elected in each ward for the borough and also in each ward for the parish.
- Fold the ballot paper and deposit it in the ballot box.
What if I am unable to get to the polling station on election day?
If you are unable to go to your polling station on election day, you can apply to vote by post or proxy (a proxy is someone who votes on your behalf).
If you have a permanent physical incapacity, are registered blind or receive the higher rate of mobility component of the disability living allowance for a physical disability you are eligible for a permanent proxy vote. The form requires the declaration that the information is correct from a doctor, nurse or warden of a home.
Please contact the Electoral Registration Officer who will advise which form you need to complete.
You are welcome to apply for a postal vote if you are unable to go to your polling station on election day.
Contact the Council, or download a blank postal vote application form, or visit the about my vote website .
Watch the short video below for a demonstration of how to fill in your postal vote:
You are welcome to apply for a proxy application form if you are unable to go to your polling station on election day. A proxy is someone who will go to the polling station and vote with your authority on your behalf.
If you would like a proxy vote registration form, contact us on the number below or download a form.
Telephone: 01442 228230