Voting in Elections

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Voting in Elections

Currently the law allows you to vote in three ways. First, by voting in person at your local polling station, secondly by organising a postal vote so a ballot paper is sent to you before polling day, or thirdly you can appoint a proxy, someone to vote for you on your behalf.

 

Voting in person at a Polling Station

A few weeks before an election, poll cards will be sent to every one who is eligible to vote, even if you have arranged to vote by post. This card provides information on where your polling station is located and the hours that it will be open.

Postal Voting

Anybody can apply to vote by post as long as their details have been entered onto the Electoral Register.  You do not need to give any reason for voting this way and can apply to vote by post for all future elections, a fixed period i.e. 6 months or 1 year, or for one election if you were unable to vote in person on that day.  If however you were going to be away on holiday and were thinking about a postal vote, please contact Electoral Registration Office prior to applying to find out the approximate posting dates of the ballot papers, as we have to follow strict dates for posting, and cannot always guarantee to deliver these to you if you are on holiday a few days prior to the election.   As part of the Electoral Administrators Bill passed in 2006 anybody requiring a postal vote has to provide their date of birth and a specimen signature.  This information is securely held and only used to check the details against the Postal Voting Statement returned with your ballot paper.  This is to prevent fraudulent postal votes being returned, your vote remains secret.

Once you have received your postal vote you can complete the ballot paper and follow the instructions provided to send it back to Eastleigh House.  If however you decide you do not wish to use the postal system, you can complete the ballot paper, place it in the return envelope and deliver it to a polling station within your electoral area, or to Eastleigh House before 10.00pm, which is the close of poll.

Please note that if you choose to vote by post then you will not be able to vote in person at a polling station.

Applications to vote by post must be received eleven working days before an election.

To apply please download the:

Unfortunately at the present time the form cannot be completed online as a signature is required. You will therefore need to download the form and post it to Eastleigh House. However, if you are able to scan the completed form, it can be returned to the Elections Office as an email attachment to the address given below.
Eastleigh Borough Council, Eastleigh House, Upper Market Street, Eastleigh SO50 9YN