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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.  You can find out where your polling station is and view a map showing the route from where you live to your polling station at www.wheredoivote.co.uk/

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.  You can view a map showing the route from where you live to your polling station at www.wheredoivote.co.uk/You do not need to take your poll card to the polling station to vote.

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, you can:

Vote by post

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

For the elections on 2 May 2019, the deadline to return a completed application for a postal vote is 5pm on Monday 15 April. Completed application forms should be returned to Electoral Services, South Walks House, South Walks Road, Dorchester DT1 1UZ.

For anyone who applied for a postal vote prior to 19 March 2019, postal vote packs will be sent around 15 April 2019.

For anyone who applied for a postal vote between 19 March 2019 and the deadline on 15 April 2019, postal vote packs will be sent around 18 April 2019. 

Vote by proxy

Voting by proxyis when you appoint someone you know to vote on your behalf.

For the elections on 2 May 2019, the deadline to return a completed application for a proxy vote is 5pm on Wednesday 24 April. Completed application forms should be returned to Electoral Services, South Walks House, South Walks Road, Dorchester DT1 1UZ.

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.

For the elections on 2 May 2019, the deadline to return a completed application for a postal proxy vote is 5pm on Monday 15 April. Contact South Walks House, Dorchester

Cancelling or changing postal or proxy arrangements

Requests to cancel postal votes or amend existing postal and proxy applications must be made in writing by no later than 5pm on Monday 15 April 2019. Requests can be emailed to us at elections@dorsetcouncil.gov.uk. Any requests received after 5pm Monday 15 April 2019 will not be effective and the only way you will be able to cast your vote is by using your postal vote. You can, however, hand your postal pack in to your polling station.

Spoiled postal packs

For ‘spoilt’ postal vote packs (where you have made a mistake that cannot be rectified) then all documents need to be returned in person to the Council Offices in Dorchester so that replacements can be issued.

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. Forms need to be received by us by no later than 5pm on 2 May 2019.

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