On Thursday 12 December 2019, UK Parliamentary elections will be taking place throughout the UK. St Albans City & District Council are responsible for the elections in the St Albans constituency and the Hitchin & Harpenden constituency.

Please be aware that some polling station locations have changed for this election. If your polling station has changed, your poll card will advise you of this and will provide the new polling station’s details.

Deadline for:Date:Time:
Registering to voteTuesday 26 NovemberMidnight
Applying for a postal/postal proxy voteTuesday 26 November5pm
Cancelling a postal/postal proxy voteTuesday 26 November5pm
Applying for a proxy voteWednesday 4 December5pm
Applying for an emergency proxy voteThursday 12 December5pm
Re-issuing spoilt or lost postal voting packsThursday 12 December5pm

Can I vote in elections on the 12 December 2019?

  • You must be on the electoral register in order to vote.
  • You can vote if you are a British, Irish, or qualifying Commonwealth citizen. European Union citizens are not eligible to vote at UK Parliamentary elections.
  • Further details regarding the eligibility criteria for voting in the UK can be found at Your Vote Matters – Can I vote?

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Am I registered to vote?

  • If you are registered to vote, you should receive a poll card shortly before the election. Poll cards are expected to reach voters by the beginning of December.
  • If you are unsure whether you are registered to vote, please contact the Electoral Services team on 01727 819294 or elections@stalbans.gov.uk.

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I’m not registered to vote. How do I register?

  • You can register to vote by completing an online application form at www.gov.uk/register-to-vote. This form should only take a few minutes to complete. You will need your National Insurance number to hand if you have one.
  • If you are unable to complete an online application form, please contact the Electoral Services team on 01727 819294 or elections@stalbans.gov.uk. We can then arrange for a paper form to be posted out to you.
  • Further details about registering to vote can be found on our “Registering to Vote & FAQs” page.

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Who is standing for election?

  • Details of the candidates standing for election are expected to be published after 4pm on Thursday 14 November 2019. These details will be available on our website, and will also be displayed at St Albans City & District Council Offices, Civic Centre, St Peters Street, St Albans, AL1 3JE.

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I don’t know who to vote for. Can you give me any information?

  • As the administrators of the election, we must remain politically neutral. Therefore, we are unable to provide any information on the policies of particular candidates. Further details of political parties’ policies can often be found on their websites. Candidates are also likely to visit properties in the run-up to the election to deliver information about their particular policies.

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How do I vote?

  • If you are registered to vote, you should receive a poll card shortly before the election. This will tell you when and where you can cast your vote. Poll cards are for information only, and you can still cast your vote if you lose or forget your poll card.
  • Most people cast their vote in person by attending their local polling station on the day of the election. Polling stations will be open between 7am and 10pm on Thursday 12 December 2019. Poll clerks will be available at all polling stations to assist voters with queries.
  • If you are unable to attend your polling station in person on the 12 December, you can apply for an absent vote. Please see the sections below for further details.

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I can’t get to my polling station on the day of the election. Can I still vote?

  • If you are unable to attend your polling station to vote in person, you can apply for an absent vote. There are two types of absent vote: a postal vote, and a proxy vote.
  • A postal vote allows you to cast your vote by post. Postal ballot papers are usually sent out 1 to 2 weeks before an election, and completed ballot papers must be received by the elections’ office before 10pm on the day of the election. The deadline for completing an application form to enable you to vote by post is 5pm on Tuesday 26 November. Further information regarding postal voting, including the relevant application forms, can be found online at Your Vote Matters – Voting by post. Alternatively, please contact the Electoral Services team on 01727 819294 or elections@stalbans.gov.uk.
  • A proxy vote allows you to nominate somebody that you trust to attend your polling station in order to cast your vote on your behalf. The deadline for completing an application form to enable you to vote by proxy is 5pm on Wednesday 4 December. Further information regarding proxy voting, including the relevant application forms, can be found online at Your Vote Matters – Voting by proxy. Alternatively, please contact the Electoral Services team on 01727 819294 or elections@stalbans.gov.uk.

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I have a postal vote set up; can I go to the polling station instead this time?

  • Yes, but in order to vote at your polling station you would need to cancel your postal vote. This can be done up until 5pm on Tuesday 26 November. After this date, your postal vote cannot be cancelled. Please contact the Electoral Services team on 01727 819294 for further details of how to cancel a postal vote.
  • Alternatively, you may return your completed postal voting pack by hand to a polling station within your electoral area. The completed postal vote ballot paper and postal vote statement must be sealed in the return envelope, which must be handed to the Presiding Officer.

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It’s after the deadline to apply for a proxy vote, but I’ve just found out that I can’t attend my polling station on the day of the election. Can I still vote?

  • If you find out that you are unable to attend your polling station after the deadline for proxy applications (5pm on Wednesday 4 December), you may be eligible to apply for an emergency proxy vote. If you meet the criteria, you can apply for an emergency proxy vote up until 5pm on the day of the election.
  • If you have a medical emergency after the normal proxy deadline, and that emergency means that you cannot go to the polling station in person, you can apply to vote by emergency proxy. You will need to complete an application form, and this form will need to be supported by a qualified person (e.g. a medical practitioner or social worker).
  • Alternatively, you can apply to vote by emergency proxy if your occupation, service or employment means that you cannot go to the polling station in person, and you only become aware of that fact after the normal proxy deadline. You will need to complete an application form, and this form will need to be supported by a qualified person (e.g. your employer).

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Where can I find the results of the elections?

  • We expect the results to be declared overnight on 12 – 13 December. Once the results have been declared, they will be published on our website. The results will also be displayed at St Albans City & District Council Offices, Civic Centre, St Peters Street, St Albans, AL1 3JE.

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I’d like to stand as a candidate; where can I find further information?

  • The Electoral Commission’s "Candidate or agent” pages contain comprehensive guidance for candidates.
  • For further information, or to request a nomination pack, please contact Electoral Services on 01727 819565 / 819546 or elections@stalbans.gov.uk.
  • We must receive nomination papers by 4pm on 14 November.

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Date of last review: 15 November 2019