Find out about the different ways you can vote

In order to vote you will need to be on the electoral register; please go to the Register to Vote.

There are three different ways you can vote; the method that you choose will depend on what is the most convenient for you. Most people vote in person at their local polling station.

If you are not able to go to the polling station in person on election day, you can apply to vote by post or by proxy (someone voting on your behalf).

Postal vote application

If you would like to vote by post please download, print and complete a Postal Vote Application Form (PDF) and send it to us at the address given below.

Alternatively, e-mail elecreg@swindon.gov.uk or call the Electoral Services team on 01793 464601 and ask for a form to be posted to you.

You are able to request a postal vote for a particular election, a specific time period or until further notice. If you wish for your postal vote to be sent to an address different to the one you are registered at you will need to provide a reason for this decision.

If you wish to vote by post in the elections on Thursday, 2 May 2019, the deadline for receipt of postal vote applications is 5.00pm Monday, 15 April.

If your postal vote has not arrived at least four working days before an election, or any documents are missing from your postal voting pack, please contact the elections team immediately on 01793 464601. Replacements cannot be provided after 5:00pm on the day of the election.

Your postal vote will need to reach the Returning Officer by 10:00pm on the day of the election. We recommend you post it at least two days before to allow sufficient time. You are also able to deliver your postal vote to any Polling Station in the ward you are registered to vote or to the Civic Offices before 10.00pm on the day of the election.

Proxy vote application

A proxy vote is used when a person is unable to vote and wishes to nominate someone to do so, on their behalf. This may be by visiting a polling station or by postal vote. You can vote yourself on polling day if necessary as long as you arrive at the polling station before your proxy. The deadline to apply for a proxy vote is six days before an election.

If you would like a proxy vote please download print and complete a Proxy Vote Application Form (PDF) and send it to us at the address given below.

Alternatively, e-mail elecreg@swindon.gov.uk or call the Electoral Services team on 01793 464601 and ask for a form to be posted to you.

If you wish to vote by proxy in the elections on Thursday, 2 May 2019, the deadline for receipt of proxy vote applications is 5.00pm Wednesday, 24 April.

If you become ill after the close of proxy voting you can apply for an emergency proxy to vote on your behalf up to 5.00pm on the day of an election. The application must be attested and signed by a medically qualified person.

The person acting as proxy must be able to vote in the type of election concerned but does not have to be registered themselves. A person can only act as proxy for a maximum of two electors unless they are the spouse, or an immediate family member.

Electoral Services
Civic Offices
Euclid Street
Swindon
SN1 2JH

For more information on voting please visit the About My Vote website

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