You have until 22nd May to register to vote. Do it now.

At The Polling Station

You will receive a polling card in the post a few weeks before the election and it will have the details of your polling station.

Polling stations are open from 7am – 10pm on the day of election.

When you get to the polling station the staff will give you a ballot paper. You can then take your ballot paper into one of the polling booths so that no one can see who you are voting for. Read the ballot paper carefully. The ballot paper will tell you how to vote. Mark your ballot paper according to the instructions, usually you are asked to put an X in the box of your preferred candidate.

Postal Voting

Voting by post is a way of voting that you can use if you are unable to get to the polling station. So, this method of voting means that you can cast your vote in your home constituency while living away at university.

A postal vote can be sent to any address you provide in the UK or overseas, and still be counted in the Swale constituencies.

You can apply to vote by post by registering to vote and selecting the postal vote option. You will be given a form to download, or have one posted to you. Once you have completed the form, you’ll need to print it, sign it, and send it back to your local electoral registration office.

The deadline for postal vote applications is Tuesday 23rd May.

Your postal vote is normally sent out about a week before election day.

Proxy Voting

If you have reasons that mean you are unable to vote, it is possible to appoint someone to vote on your behalf, you will have to provide reasoning and appoint someone you trust to vote for you.

Contact Swale Borough Council Electoral Team to get the correct form for a proxy vote.

Protest Voting

If you do not feel aligned to any of the political parties or candidates in your area then there is ‘Blank Voting’. It is a form of protest voting that is more effective than not voting at all!

Find out more about protest voting.

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