Voting by post and by proxy – explained!

postal voting instructions_1The local elections are happening on 2nd May this year. All 62 Council seats in Warwickshire are up for grabs. Polling stations will be open from 7am to 10pm for you to cast your vote.

 But did you know there are also other ways to vote?

First things first

The first step to voting on 2nd May is to make sure you’re registered. If you’re not sure, get in touch with your local electoral office who will be able to help you.

If you know you need to register, you can do so quickly and easily here – don’t delay, the deadline is 17 April!

Once registered, you’ll be sent a polling card just before the election telling you where to go on the day.

 What if I can’t get to a polling station?

If you can’t vote in person on 2nd May – maybe because you’re away that day, or you have trouble getting around – there are alternatives. Let’s explain…

Postal Voting

A large number of people in Warwickshire choose to cast their vote by post. It means that you’ll be sent your ballot paper and a return envelope about a week before the election, which you can fill in and post back. It really is that simple.

If you want to register for postal voting, contact your local electoral office or do it online.

Proxy Voting

If you can’t vote in person, or won’t be at home to fill in a postal vote, another option is proxy voting. This means you can choose someone you trust to vote on your behalf.

If you want to vote this way, you can apply here.

 

Are these options right for me?

Some older people choose to vote by post, as they might have difficulties getting to a polling station in person.

A lot of people who are in the Armed Forces overseas choose to vote by proxy, as they won’t be in the UK to vote in person, or be at home to fill in a postal vote.

You don’t need a special reason to vote by post or by proxy – you can choose whatever method is easiest for you.

If you’ve got a question, or would like any of the options above explained, you can drop me an email at martynharris@warwickshire.gov.uk, or comment below. We’re always happy to talk about democracy!

About Martyn Harris
I work for Warwickshire County Council as a Democratic Services Officer. What's that? Minute taker, researcher, advisor, general policy-type person. Throw in a healthy does of Scrutiny work and an interest in corporate governance and there you go.

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