As I’m sure you’re aware, there’s a General Election on June 8. Usually we’d have more warning about election dates but with such a short time before the public goes to the polls, there is some important information you need to know about.
Firstly, you need to ensure that you’re registered to vote. You can do this by visiting https://www.gov.uk/register-to-vote. You can visit the site to amend your permanent details.
If you can’t attend the polling station on election day you can either apply for a postal vote or vote by proxy.
You can apply for a postal vote by getting an application by clicking here. Postal votes can be sent to any address, even overseas, as long as they are returned by 10pm on polling day. Forms are sent out as soon as possible after nominations close on May 11.
The deadline for applying for a postal vote is 5pm on May 23.
You can apply for a proxy vote which will allow someone to vote on your behalf. The nominate person must be able to vote at your polling station. They won’t be able to vote for you at their polling station if it’s different.
The deadline for applying for a proxy vote is 5pm on May 31
If you’ve missed the deadline for postal votes you can use this method.
You can apply for an emergency proxy vote up to 5pm on polling day if you can’t attend the polling station due to an emergency and the proxy vote deadline has passed.
You can apply for a normal or emergency proxy vote by clicking here.
Vote in person
You should receive a polling card in the post a couple of weeks before the election. This will contain details of your local polling station. Polls will be open between 7am and 10pm.
More information about voting in person can be found here.
If you have any queries or need the address to send your forms to you can contact your local Electorial Registration Office.
Contact details for your local office and more information about voting can be found at https://www.yourvotematters.co.uk/
Keep an eye out for further election coverage.