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How to vote

Please note - you do not need to bring your poll card with you to vote at your local polling station. So if you have lost it, or did not receive it in time, don't worry, you can still vote on the day between 7am and 10pm. Find out where my polling station is.

The electoral register

To be able to vote, a person's name must be on the electoral register.

All registered citizens will be sent a poll card before an election. The poll card will have information including the date of the election and where you need to go to vote.

Change of address

If you have moved address since the deadline for registering to vote has passed and you are on the Electoral Register at your previous address you may go and vote at your previous polling station.

When you can't get to a polling station

If you can't get to a polling station or will be on holiday or working away from home on election day, there are alternative ways of voting:

Vote by post

If you want to vote by post you will be sent a pack through the post containing ballot papers. 

If you are registered to vote by post then you cannot vote at a polling station and you must vote using the postal ballot papers that will be sent to the address specified on your application form. Electors who vote by post should receive a postal poll card. 

Vote by proxy

Voting by proxyis when you appoint someone you know to vote on your behalf. The deadline to receive new proxy vote applications is 5pm on 15 May 2019.

As a proxy voter, you should go to the polling station of the person you are registered to vote on behalf of. It will be very helpful if you bring with you the confirmation letter you received, although this is not essential.

Postal proxy voting

If you appoint a proxy to vote on your behalf and they cannot get to the polling station then they can  apply to vote by post for you.

How do I know if I am registered?

If you are registered for a postal or proxy vote the information is shown on your poll card. If you have not received your poll card you can contact the Elections Team elections@dorsetcouncil.gov.uk and they can confirm whether you have a voting method in place.

Emergency proxy voting

You can find out whether you qualify for an emergency proxy. You will need to download the relevant form and get this attested before sending it back to us.

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