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    General Election: Register to Vote deadline

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    News release: 19 November 2019

    Residents in the St Albans District have only days left to register to vote for the General Election.

    Got 5 campaign
    To be eligible to vote on Thursday 12 December, you must be registered by midnight on Tuesday 26 November. 

    You can register online within a few minutes at www.gov.uk/register-to-vote. This is highlighted by the Electoral Commission’s Got 5? campaign.

    For those residents who do not wish to register online, a paper copy of the registration form is available.

    It can be obtained from the local elections team by emailing elections@stalbans.gov.uk or by phoning 01727 819294.

    If you are already registered, you do not need to do so again and should have already received your poll card.

    The deadline for postal vote applications is 5pm on Tuesday 26 November and for proxy applications, it is 5pm on Wednesday 4 December. 

    For emergency proxy applications, the deadline is 5pm on the day of the election.

    Application forms can be downloaded from www.electoralcommission.org.uk/i-am-a/voter/how-cast-your-vote

    You can also request forms from the elections team using the contact details above.

    Proxy voting means another person can vote on your behalf, although you will have to state a reason why you cannot attend a polling station.

    Postal votes will be sent out between Friday 22 November and Tuesday 3 December.

    Michael Lovelady, Electoral Registration Officer for St Albans City and District, said: “Time is running out for people who have yet to register to vote. They will need to do so soon to able to have their say at the General Election next month.

    “I would urge people to also remind their family and friends about the need to register by the deadline. It only takes a few minutes to complete the form and register to vote online.

    “The deadline for postal vote applications is also close, so I would ask anyone who wants a postal vote to make sure they have applied in time.

    “I would also ask people in St Albans to check their polling cards to see what polling station they should go to as there have been a few changes.”

    The changes to four of the usual polling stations in St Albans are:

    St Peter’s School is replaced for the election by the Methodist Church Hall, Marlborough Road.

    Aboyne Lodge School is replaced by the Jubilee Centre, Catherine Street, and St Michael’s Memorial hall by a mobile polling station at the Verulamium Museum car park.

    The United Reformed Church in West Riding, Bricket Wood, is replaced by St Luke’s Church, The Crescent, Bricket Wood.

    Poll cards sent to voters affected by the changes contain details of the new venues.

    Media contact: 
    John McJannet, Principal Communications Officer, St Albans City and District Council. Tel: 01727-296130 

    Note:
    To be eligible to vote in the General Election, a person must be registered to vote; aged 18 or over; a British citizen, a qualifying Commonwealth citizen or a citizen of the Republic of Ireland; and not subject of any legal incapacity to vote.
    Additionally, the following cannot vote: members of the House of Lords; EU citizens resident in the UK; convicted persons detained in pursuance of their sentences; and anyone found guilty within the previous five years of corrupt or illegal practices in connection with an election.