Voting in elections

You can only vote in elections if your name is on the Register of Electors.

The following people are allowed to vote:

  • if you are eighteen years of age or over.
  • all British, Commonwealth, Irish and other European Union citizens.
  • overseas electors
  • members of HM Forces and their spouses
  • crown servants employed outside the United Kingdom
  • european citizens are allowed to vote in European and Local Elections only.
  • overseas Electors are allowed to vote in Parliamentary and European Elections only.

Poll cards are delivered shortly before an Election. Each member of the household who is eligible to vote should receive a poll card which informs them of the date of the election, where their polling station is and the hours of poll. You do not need to take the poll card with you to be able to vote.

  • for Local Elections the hours of poll are 7.00am to 10.00pm
  • for European Parliamentary Elections the hours of poll are 7.00am to 10.00pm
  • for General Elections the hours of poll are 7.00am to 10.00pm
  • on arrival at your designated polling station, the Presiding Officer will ask you to confirm your name and address and will issue you with a ballot paper.
  • the ballot paper will be marked with an official stamp.
  • you should take the ballot paper to the voting booth and mark with a "X" the candidate you wish to vote for.
  • fold the ballot paper and deposit it in the ballot box.

What if I am unable to get to the Polling Station on Election Day?

If you are unable to go to your Polling Station on Election Day, you can apply to vote by post or proxy (a proxy is someone who votes on your behalf).

For more information on postal or proxy voting please see the links on the right.

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Related pages

Election Results

Eligible nationalities

Postal / Proxy voting

Useful links

About my vote

Contact details

Electoral Services Office
Stevenage Borough Council
Daneshill House
Danestrete
Stevenage
Hertfordshire
SG1 1HN

01438 242213
electoral@stevenage.gov.uk