As we approach polling day on 12 December, we’re writing to inform you about voting in this year’s General Election. If you head to Central Bedfordshire’s website’s elections pages you’ll see a list of important dates and deadlines as well as a host of other advice and information.
Do I need to register to vote?
If you are already registered to vote you do not need to do so again.
But you will need to register again if you have recently moved or have never been registered. If you have changed your name you will need to notify us and provide evidence of your new name.
You can check to see if you’re already registered, by contacting the Electoral Registration office at Central Bedfordshire Council either by email: Electoral.Registration@centralbedfordshire.gov.uk or by calling 0300 300 8008.
If you wish to vote in the General Election on 12 December, the deadline to register is midnight on 26 November.
How do I register?
The quickest way to register is online. You will need your National Insurance number to hand. Visit –https://www.gov.uk/register-to-vote
Ways to vote
In person – polling stations are open from 7am to 10pm on the day of the election. Your polling station will be printed on your polling card. You do not need a poll card to vote but if you don’t receive one and are concerned if you are registered then call 0300 300 8008.
If you will be away on the 12 December, you can apply to vote by post. Either print off a form, fill it out and send to Electoral Registration Office, Central Bedfordshire Council, Priory House, Monks Walk, Chicksands, Shefford, Bedfordshire SG17 5TQ or ask our office to send the form to you. You must return the form no later than 5pm on the 26 November. You can email the completed form to us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Your completed postal vote must then arrive at your Electoral Office by 10pm on 12 December 2019.
If you’re unable to vote in person you can ask someone to vote on your behalf. This is called a proxy vote. You can only apply for a proxy vote under certain circumstances, including:
– being away on polling day
– having a medical issue or disability
– not being able to vote in person because of work or military service
To vote by proxy in the General Election we need to receive the completed and signed form by 5pm on 4 December.
Can anyone vote?
For a general election, you can vote if you are 18 or over (on the day of the election), a British, Irish or qualifying Commonwealth citizen and a resident at a British address. If you are a British citizen living abroad, you have to have been registered to vote in the UK in the last 15 years.