General election: 8 June, 2017

Voting in the 2017 general election

How to vote

If you are currently on the register of electors you will receive a poll card soon.

This will tell you how, which polling station to use (they're open from 7am to 10pm on the day of the elections) and when to vote. This card is for information only. You can vote without the poll card, but it is easier if you have it with you.

If you know you will not be able to get to the polling station on the election day, you can apply for a postal vote or a proxy vote.

Postal votes

If you are an overseas voter you are strongly advised to vote by proxy to avoid the risk of postal delays preventing your vote being counted.

Voting by post is an easy and convenient way of voting if you are unable to get to the polling station.

To vote by post, you need to be on the electoral register. Then you need to fill in a postal vote application form. You can download a postal vote application form from Your Vote Matters website (link opens in new window).

After completing the form, you’ll need to print it, sign it and send it back to our Electoral Registration Officer at electoral.registration@centralbedfordshire.gov.uk or deliver to:

Priory House
Monks Walk
Chicksands
Shefford
Bedfordshire
SG17 5TQ

The form must reach us by 5pm on Tuesday 23 May 2017.

You need to sign your application form personally because the electoral registration office needs a copy of your signature for voting security reasons.

If you have a postal vote in place by 24 April 2017 then your postal vote pack will be sent out on 15 May 2017.

If we have received your application by 11 May 2017 your postal vote will be despatched on 19 May 2017. Applications received after 11 May will be despatched as soon as practicable.

Postal votes will be despatched from 26 May 2017 and if it is not convenient for you to complete a postal vote then you may wish to consider applying for a proxy vote.

Proxy voting

If you are an overseas voter you are strongly advised to vote by proxy to avoid the risk of postal delays preventing your vote being counted.

How can I vote by proxy?

Voting by proxy just means that you appoint someone you trust to vote on your behalf. If your proxy is unable to vote in person at your polling station they will need to apply for a Postal Proxy form which we must receive by 5pm on 23 May. 

Voting by proxy can be useful if you fall ill and are unable to get to the polling station on election day or if you are abroad during an election. It can be particularly useful if you are overseas in a country too far away to send back a postal vote in time for the election (for instance, if you are in the armed forces and deployed overseas).

To vote by proxy, you’ll need to fill in an application form. You can apply to vote by proxy from the Your Vote Matters website (link opens in new window).

You’ll need to print the form and complete it, sign it and send it back to our Electoral Registration Officer at electoral.registration@centralbedfordshire.gov.uk or deliver to

Priory House
Monks Walk
Chicksands
Shefford
Bedfordshire
SG17 5TQ

The form must reach us by 5pm on Wednesday 31 May 2017, except in the case of a medical emergency where an application can be made up to 5pm on Thursday 8 June 2017

You need to sign your application form personally because the electoral registration office needs a copy of your signature for voting security reasons.

Voting with a learning disability

The Electoral Commission (link opens in new window), in partnership with MENCAP, has developed an easy read guide to voting. The guide gives key information about registering to vote and the voting process for people with a learning disability.

Emergency proxy - only available from 1 June 2017

Applications to vote by emergency proxy at this election on grounds of physical incapacity or for work/service reasons must reach the electoral registration officer by 5pm on Thursday 8 June 2017 by emailing electoral.registration@centralbedfordshire.gov.uk or delivered to:

Priory House
Monks Walk
Chicksands
Shefford
Bedfordshire
SG17 5TQ

Incapacity must have occurred after 5pm on Wednesday 31 May 2017.

To apply on the grounds of work/service the person must have become aware that they cannot go to the Polling Station in person after 5pm on Wednesday 31 May 2017.

Applications must be counter-signed. There is more information and you can download the form on the Your Vote Matters website (link opens in new window).

Constituencies

Central Bedfordshire has four parliamentary constituencies within its boundaries:

  • Mid Bedfordshire – Administering and Counting by Central Bedfordshire Council
  • South West Bedfordshire – Administering and Counting by Central Bedfordshire Counci
  • North East Bedfordshire – Administering and Counting by Bedford Borough
  • Luton South – Administering and Counting by Luton Borough

Elections

The verification and count will take place immediately following the close of poll at Priory House and the result will be published on our website and Twitter - follow us on Twitter (link opens in new window) for breaking news as it happens.

Please return registration, postal and proxy application forms to:

Priory House
Monks Walk
Chicksands
Shefford
Bedfordshire
SG17 5TQ

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