On Thursday 7 February 2019, a Neighbourhood Plan Referendum is being held in the Harpenden area. The question to be asked at the referendum is:

'Do you want St Albans City and District Council to use the Neighbourhood Plan for Harpenden to help it decide planning applications in the neighbourhood area?’

Please see below for key deadline dates and information regarding the referendum, voting and registering to vote.

Key deadline dates


Deadline for:Date:Time:
Registering to voteTuesday 22 January 2019Midnight
Applying for a postal / postal-proxy voteWednesday 23 January 20195pm
Applying for a proxy voteWednesday 30 January 20195pm
Applying for an emergency proxy voteThursday 7 February 20195pm
Re-issuing spoilt or lost postal voting packsThursday 7 February 20195pm

Information Statement

Information regarding the referendum can be found in the following information statement:

Frequently asked questions

Can I vote in the referendum on 7 February?

  • You must be on the electoral register at an address in the referendum area.
  • Further details regarding the eligibility criteria for registering to vote in the UK can be found at Your Vote Matters.

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Am I registered to vote?

  • If you are registered to vote, you should receive a poll card shortly before the referendum. Poll cards are expected to reach voters in early January 2019.
  • If you are unsure whether you are registered to vote, please contact the Electoral Services team on elections@stalbans.gov.uk or 01727 819294.

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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 elections@stalbans.gov.uk or 01727 819294. 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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How do I vote?

  • If you are registered to vote, you should receive a poll card shortly before the referendum. 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 referendum. Polling stations will be open between 7am and 10pm on Thursday 7 February 2019.
  • If you are unable to attend your polling station in person on the 7 February, 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 referendum; 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 a referendum, and completed ballot papers must be received by Electoral Services before 10pm on the day of the referendum. The deadline for submitting an application form to enable you to vote by post is 5pm on Wednesday 23 January 2019. 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 elections@stalbans.gov.uk or 01727 819294.

  • 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 submitting an application form to enable you to vote by proxy is 5pm on Wednesday 30 January 2019. 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 elections@stalbans.gov.uk or 01727 819294.

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

  • In order to vote at your polling station you would need to cancel your postal vote. This can be done up until 5pm on Wednesday 23 January 2019 (please contact the Electoral Services team on 01727 819294 for further details of how to cancel a postal vote). After this date, your postal vote cannot be cancelled and you cannot cast your vote at a polling station. You may return your postal ballot paper to a polling station within the referendum area, but it must be sealed in the return envelope together with all completed documentation and 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 referendum. Can I still vote?

  • If you find out that you are unable to attend your polling station after the deadline for proxy applications, 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 referendum.
  • 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).
  • You can also 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).
  • Further information regarding voting by emergency proxy, including the relevant application forms, can be found online at Your Vote Matters – Voting by proxy. Alternatively, please contact the Electoral Services team on elections@stalbans.gov.uk or 01727 819294.

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Where can I find the result of the referendum?

  • We expect the result of the referendum to be declared overnight on 7 – 8 February 2019. Once the result has been declared, the result will be published on our website. The result will also be displayed at the St Albans City and District Council Offices, Civic Centre, St Peters Street, St Albans, AL1 3JE.

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Date of last review: 03 January 2019