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How to vote

There are three options for voting:

Vote in person

Just before the election you will be sent a polling card which will inform you of the address of your polling station. The polling card will also have the details of your elector number, name and address, the date of the election and the hours of polling.

If there is anyone in your household on the register of electors who does not receive a polling card please contact us immediately.

On election day you can take the card with you to the polling station; this will assist the staff to find your details on the register. If you have mislaid your polling card you can still vote as long as your name is on the register of electors.

When the Presiding Officer has found your details they will give you a ballot paper which you will mark in secret in the polling booth. Once you have put your mark on the paper you should fold it in two and place it in the ballot box.

Vote by post

If you require a postal vote, you can download, complete and return the form below.

Return your form as soon as possible to:

Electoral Registration Officer
Wyre Borough Council
Civic Centre
Breck Road

Please do not return your form to the Electoral Commission.

Alternatively please ring us on 01253 887257 to request a postal vote and we'll send one out to you. 

Once the application form has been completed and your name added on to the list of postal voters you will be sent a letter of confirmation.

You can apply for a postal vote for an indefinite or temporary period and you can also specify which elections you would like a postal vote for. Please note that should you change your address you will have to apply again for a postal vote.

Before the election you will be sent a polling card advising you of your postal voting arrangement and the dates you should expect the delivery of your ballot paper postal pack to arrive.

When your ballot paper postal pack has arrived it will contain your ballot paper, a ballot paper envelope, a postal voting statement and a return envelope.

Once you have marked your ballot paper in secret and sealed it up in the ballot paper envelope you must complete the security statement by entering you date of birth and signature on the statement. Both the security statement and ballot paper envelope containing your ballot paper should be placed inside the return envelope ensuring the address showing through the envelope window is reading Wyre Borough Council. You then need to seal the envelope and post it back.

Please ensure that the statement is completed with your signature and correct date of birth as failure to do this will make your vote invalid.

Please note: your application form must arrive at your electoral registration office at least 11 working days before the election.

Priority post boxes

Royal Mail has 35,000 Priority Post Boxes, these boxes have late collection times, with 98% of the having a collection time of after 16.00. In many cases these Priority Post Boxes will also have an earlier collection as well.

Of the 35,000 Priority Post Boxes 15,000 of them also have a collection between 15.00 and 17.00 on both Saturday and Sunday. These Priority Post Boxes were introduced to help with the collection and onward delivery of Covid Test Kits, but as Elections are also a priority mailing, they can be used to enhance the collection service.

Please visit Royal Mails website for information on priority post boxes in your area

Voting by Proxy

Please return your form as soon as possible to:

Electoral Registration Officer
Wyre Borough Council
Civic Centre
Breck Road

Please do not return your form to the Electoral Commission.

If you are unable to attend the polling station or you do not wish to have a postal vote you may wish to apply for a proxy vote. This means that you can appoint someone to vote on your behalf.

You must have a reason for applying to vote by proxy such as working away, studying at university or being housebound. On the application form you must state why you cannot attend your polling station in person and who you wish to appoint as your proxy. If you wish to apply for an indefinite proxy you will also need to get someone to attest your form such as your employer, lecturer or medical professional. Once you have completed an application form your details will be entered onto a list of proxy voters and an acknowledgement letter will be sent to you and your proxy.

If you are going away on holiday or you will not be at home on election day, you can appoint a proxy for that election, this does not need to be attested but you must give a reason.

If you are suddenly taken ill you can apply for an emergency proxy vote up until 5pm on polling day, again this will have to be attested by a medical professional.

The person who you have appointed to be your proxy will be sent a letter which they will take to the polling station. Your proxy will then be issued with your ballot paper which they mark in secret in a polling booth. Your proxy will then need to fold the paper in two and place it in the ballot box.

Additional information

  • Mencap - a guide for people with learning disabilities on how to vote

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