Elections - frequently asked questions
How do I find out if I’m registered to vote?
We can check the Electoral Register for you. Please email your name and address to firstname.lastname@example.org
or call 01442 228000 (ask for "Electoral Services"). If you have moved home recently and are not yet registered at your new address, you can apply online. Find out more about registering to vote
I’m away when the elections are being held - can I still vote?
Yes. You can either request an application to vote by post or by proxy (someone voting on your behalf). Find out more about postal and proxy voting
My poll card hasn’t arrived, what shall I do?
You do not need a poll card to vote, it is for information only. If your poll card hasn’t arrived, please email email@example.com or call 01442 228000 (ask for "Electoral Services") so that we can check your registration.
I have lost my poll card, can I still vote?
If you have lost your polling card, just go to your polling station and tell the staff your full name and address and you will be able to vote.
How will I know where to vote?
This information will be on your poll card (which will be in the form of a letter in an envelope this year) when it arrives in March/April.
Do I need to take identification to a polling station?
Yes. From Thursday 4 May 2023, you will be required to show photo ID in order to be able to vote. Find out more about voter identification at polling stations.
What happens in a polling station?
When you arrive in the polling station, please tell the staff your name and address so they can check that you are on the electoral register. You will also need to show them your photo identification.
The staff at the polling station will give you the ballot papers for the elections and referendums being held. You then go to the polling booth to mark the ballot, selecting your individual preference. Notices will be displayed to advise you how may votes you can cast on each ballot paper.
Do not make any other mark on the ballot paper or your vote may not be counted.
Once you have selected your preference, place your ballot paper, folded, into the ballot box provided.
What time are the polling stations open?
Polling stations will be open from 7am until 10pm. The location of your polling station is printed on your poll card.
Is the voter ID guidance available in a different format?
For further information and guidance in different formats, the Electoral Commission has created packs to support people to apply for a Voter Authority Certificate. The packs also includes information on voter registration.
How do I contact your Elections team?
Telephone: 01442 228000 and ask for "Electoral Services"
In person or by post: