How and where to Vote

You can vote in person at a polling station, by post or by proxy. In order to vote you must be registered to vote.

Vote in Person

When registering to vote you will automatically be registered to vote at the polling station unless you complete one of the application forms to vote by post or proxy.

You will receive a poll card before the election which will tell you where your polling station is. You don't need your poll card in order to vote but it is helpful to have with you. It is advisable to take ID with you when voting.

Postal Vote

To vote by post you must be a registered voter and complete the Postal Vote Application.  You can have a postal vote for one election or for all future elections.  If you chose all future elections, you will not need to register each time.

Once we have received your postal vote form we capture your date of birth and signature as personal identifiers of you to prevent fraud. We legally have to seek a fresh signature every 5 years as peoples' signatures change over time. We always confirm that we have received and set up your postal vote arrangements.

Postal votes are always sent out about 2-3 weeks before polling day and we will post you a postal poll card saying when you will receive your ballot paper.

Completed application forms must be returned via email electors@eastherts.gov.uk.   Alternatively, you can print out and send on to our Hertford offices.  Details of this can be found on our contact us page.  We may be able to send you an application form in the post if required.

Your application form must be with us by 5pm 11 working days before an election.

Proxy Vote

If you are unable to vote in person for a particular election, for example you are on holiday,  you can get someone to vote for you and tell them who to vote for. This is called a proxy vote To vote by proxy you and your proxy must be registered to vote and eligible to vote in that election. To vote by proxy you and your proxy must be registered to vote and eligible to vote in that election.

To do this you can must complete the proxy vote application form.

Completed application forms must be returned either via email to electors@eastherts.gov.uk.  Alternatively, you can print out and send on to our Hertford offices.  Details of this can be found on our contact us page. If you have any trouble downloading the application form from this site, please call electoral services on 01279 655261 and we will send you an application form in the post.

Your application form must be with us by 5pm 6 working days before an election.

If you would like to apply for a permanent proxy vote due to employment, a disability, living overseas etc, please visit the Electoral Commission website to download the relevant form. Any completed forms will need to go to electors@eastherts.gov.uk

If you are taken ill or test positive for COVID-19

If after the deadline for applying for a proxy vote you are taken ill, or are required to undertake unexpected work commitments which prevent you from attending the polling station on polling day, you can appoint an emergency proxy to vote for you. You will need your doctor or employer to support your application.

Temporary legislation provides that if you have tested positive for COVID-19 or will be self-isolating on polling day you may also apply for an emergency proxy vote.  If you already have a proxy vote in place and your proxy is affected by COVID-19, you may nominate a new proxy.

All applications for an emergency proxy vote and any emergency change of proxy for COVID-19 reasons must be made before 5pm on polling day, Thursday 7 April. Application forms for all types of emergency proxy votes may be found at How to vote - Voting by proxy on the Gov.Uk website.

Where to vote

To find your polling station, please use the following postcode look up tool. This information is provided by Democracy Club.  Please see their website for more details