Ways to Vote

Register to vote

To vote you must first be registered.  Details found here: Register to vote

How to vote

  • Vote in person at your Polling Station.  Most people receive a polling card to remind them to do so. You do not need the polling card to vote as long as you are on the electoral register as an eligible elector for that specific election.
  • Vote by post.  To apply for a postal vote please complete and return the 'Postal Vote Application' form at the the bottom of this page.
  • Vote by using a proxy, i.e. someone to vote for you.  To apply for a proxy vote please complete and return the 'Proxy Vote Application' form at the the bottom of this page.
  • Your Proxy may vote by post.  They need to apply by completing the 'Proxy Postal Vote Application' form at the bottom of this page.

Not everyone on the electoral register can vote in every election. If unsure, please check with Electoral Services by telephoning 01353 665555.

Postal Votes Applications

You need to fill in a postal application form and must provide your date of birth and signature.

If you have difficulty providing a signature you can apply for a 'waiver'.  THis means you will not need to provide a signature when using your postal vote.  Please apply using the 'Waiver' form.

You can apply for a permanent or long-term postal vote or just for a specific election.

Please note:  If you move address your postal vote will be automatically cancelled.

If you wish to continue to vote by post you will need to make a fresh application from your new address.

Receiving and using your Postal Vote

You will receive your postal vote papers approximately 10 days before the date of the election. You need to complete this and send it back as soon as possible.

If you still have not received the papers four days before the election please contact Electoral Services who may be able to sort out a replacement set of papers.

Postal votes can be handed in at a polling station in your area on election day. Postal votes arriving after the close of polling are not valid and will not be counted.

If you have a postal vote and live abroad there will be delays in getting the papers to you due to postal times which we cannot be held responsible for. This may mean that your vote may not be received in time to be counted.  If you think that this may be the case, it might be worth applying for a proxy to vote on your behalf.

Proxy Vote Applications

You need a valid reason to apply, for example if you are ill or away from home on election day..

To apply please use the 'Proxy Vote Application' form listed at the bottom of this page.

Post the completed form back to us at East Cambridgeshire District Council, The Grange, Nutholt Lane, Ely, Cambs, CB7 4EE and we will amend your details on our Electoral Register.

A Proxy may also vote by post (see above).

Eligibility to be a Proxy

Your proxy:

  • must be 18 or over
  • must be entitled to vote at the election
  • cannot vote for more than two people (other than close family)

You must consult with the person you are appointing as your proxy before nominating them to make sure they are willing and able to be your proxy.