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2019 General Election

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A UK Parliamentary election (General Election) will take place on Thursday 12 December.

There are statutory deadlines to apply to register to vote and to vote by post or proxy for an election, please read the details below to ensure your applications are received in time.

If you want to know if you are on the electoral register the only way to check this is to contact the Electoral Registration Office by phone or email.

Who can vote in the UK Parliamentary election?

To vote in the UK Parliamentary election a person must be registered to vote and:

  •  Resident at an address in the UK (or a UK citizen living abroad who has been registered to vote in the UK in the last 15 years)
  •  Are 18 years of age or over on election day
  •  A British citizen, a qualifying Commonwealth citizen or a citizen of the Republic of Ireland
  •  Not be legally excluded from voting

How to register to vote

The deadline to register for this election is Tuesday 26 November (midnight)

You can complete an application to register:

  •  Online at www.gov.uk/registertovote
  •  By phone - call 0141 287 4444 (Mon-Fri 9am-5pm)
  •  At the Service Desk, 45 John Street, Glasgow, G1 1JE (Mon-Fri 9am-5pm)

You will need your name, address, date of birth, nationality and National Insurance number (where applicable) to complete an application form.

How to vote

There are three ways to vote:

In person - at your designated polling station on the day of the election.

By post - you can apply for a postal vote and a postal ballot pack will be issued prior to the day of the election.

By proxy - you can apply to appoint someone you trust to attend your polling station and cast your vote on your behalf.

*Postal Proxy - If your appointed proxy cannot attend your designated polling station on election day, then your proxy can apply to vote by post.

If your application to register to vote is successful you will be able to vote in person at your designated polling station.

If you want to vote by post or proxy then a separate application must be completed containing your signature and date of birth.

Voting in person

A poll card will be issued to all qualifying electors prior to the day of the election telling them where their polling station is.

You don't need a poll card to be able to vote. However, If you haven't received a poll card and are unsure if you are registered to vote please contact our office on 0141 287 4444.

Poll cards will be issued on:

20 November 2019 - for registrations by 12 November

3 December 2019 - for registrations by 26 November

If you are unsure where your polling station is please contact us providing your name and address and we can provide the relevant details.

Voting by post

To qualify for a postal vote for this election you must be registered to vote or have completed an application to register by Tuesday 26 November (midnight)

The deadline to apply for a postal vote or cancel or change an existing postal vote is 5pm Tuesday 26 November.

Applications are available to download here or can be completed at the Service Desk at 45 John Street.

Forms can be returned by:

  •  Email as an attachment to voters.roll@fs.glasgow.gov.uk
  •  By visiting the Service Desk, 45 John Street, Glasgow, G1 1JE
  •  Or by post to Glasgow City Council, Electoral Registration Officer, PO Box 15311, Glasgow, G4 7DL

If you are returning forms by post it will not reach us any earlier if you pay Royal Mail for an expedited service than first class postage due to the return address being a PO Box.

Please ensure you allow plenty of time for posted forms to be delivered to meet the deadline or use an alternative method of return.

The issue of postal ballot packs are as follows:

  •  Overseas Addresses - 1st issue of postal ballot packs for applications received by 5pm Tuesday 12 November is Monday 25 November
  •  1st issue of postal ballot packs for applications received by 5pm Tuesday 12 November is Wednesday 27 November
  •  2nd issue of postal ballot packs for all applications received by 5pm Tuesday 26 November isTuesday 3 December

If these dates do not suit, you may want to apply to vote by proxy.

If you are resident overseas please check the section below for dates of issue.

If you have lost or spoiled you postal ballot pack, replacements are only available from Friday 6 December. You can contact our office on 0141 287 4444 for information regarding this.

Voting by proxy

A proxy vote is where you nominate someone you trust to vote on your behalf at your designated polling station.

To obtain a proxy vote you must firstly be registered to vote or have completed an application to register by midnight Tuesday 26 November

The deadline for new proxy applications is 5pm Wednesday 4 December

The deadline to cancel or change an existing proxy vote is 5pm Tuesday 26 November

Please note if you have an existing postal vote and you want to change this to a proxy vote, the deadline to cancel your existing postal vote is 5pm Tuesday 26 November.

The person you appoint as your proxy must be a registered elector and they can only act as a proxy for 2 people other than close relatives. They must also qualify to vote in this election.

Applications are available to download here, atthe Service Desk at 45 John Street or phone 0141 287 4444 and we will post a form to you.

Forms can be returned by:

  •  Email as an attachment to voters.roll@fs.glasgow.gov.uk
  •  By visiting the Service Desk, 45 John Street, Glasgow, G1 1JE
  •  Or by post to Glasgow City Council, Electoral Registration Officer, PO Box 15311, Glasgow, G4 7DL

Voting by postal proxy

A postal proxy vote is where you nominate someone to vote on your behalf and they apply to vote for you by post. Applications are required by both the elector and the nominated proxy, who will then be issued a postal ballot pack.

The deadline to apply for, cancel or change a postal proxy is 5pm Tuesday 26 November

Emergency proxy applications

If after 5pm Wednesday 4 December you find out you are unable to attend the polling station on Election Day you can apply for an emergency proxy. These can be granted for disability or work reasons up to 5pm on Election Day. These applications must be attested.

Application forms will be made available at the relevant time.

UK Citizens Resident Overseas

If you are a UK citizen living abroad who has been registered to vote in the UK in the last 15 years you will qualify to vote in this election.

If you are not already registered to vote you can complete an application online at www.gov.uk/register-to-vote

You will need to provide your last registered address in the UK when completing this application.

How to vote as an Overseas Elector

There are statutory timescales to apply for and issue of postal ballot packs. You should ensure that you are able to receive and return you completed postal ballot papers by the day of the election, Thursday 12 December. Please note you must be registered to vote before these timescales apply.

The issue dates for postal ballot packs are as follows:

  •  Applications received by 5pm Tuesday 12 November - postal ballot packs will be issued Monday 25 November
  •  Applications received by 5pm Tuesday 26 November - postal ballot packs will be issued Tuesday 3 December

If these timescales do not meet your requirements it may be more suitable to appoint a proxy to vote on your behalf at your designated polling station.

Please note if you have an existing postal vote in place and you now want to vote by proxy, you must cancel your existing postal vote by 5pm Tuesday 26 November.

If you want to appoint a proxy, new proxy applications can be made until 5pm Wednesday 4 December. The person you appoint as your proxy must be a registered elector and they can only act as a proxy for 2 people other than close relatives. They must also qualify to vote in this election.

If your appointed proxy cannot attend your designated polling station and wants to vote by post, you proxy application and their postal vote application must be made by 5pm Tuesday 26 November.

Key Dates and Deadlines

Midnight Tuesday 26 NovemberDeadline to register to vote
5pm Tuesday 26 NovemberDeadline to apply for a postal vote or a postal proxy Deadline to cancel or change an existing postal, proxy or postal proxy vote
5pm Wednesday 4 December Deadline for new proxy vote applications
From 5pm Wednesday 4 DecemberEmergency proxy applications until 5pm Election day Thursday 12 December
Monday 25 November1st issue of postal ballot packs to OVERSEAS ADDRESSES ONLY for applications received by 5pm Tuesday 12 November
Wednesday 27 November1st issue of postal ballot packs for applications received by 5pm Tuesday 12 November
Tuesday 3 December2nd issue of postal ballot packs for applications received by 5pm Tuesday 26 November
Friday 6 December First date for issuing replacement postal packs
5pm Thursday 12 DecemberDeadline for the replacement for spoilt/lost postal ballot papers

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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