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Elections Frequently Asked Questions

Am I registered to vote? Toggle accordion

If you’re unsure whether you are registered to vote you can contact us to find out.  We will get back to you within five working days. 

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

Register to vote by completing the Government online registration form. Find out about how to register to vote on our Electoral register and voting page. 

Can I vote? Toggle accordion

You must be eligible to vote in the election and must be registered. Find out more about the eligibility criteria and how to register by visiting our Electoral register and voting page. 

How do I vote? Toggle accordion

Voting can be done in person at your polling station, by post, or by proxy (appointing someone you trust to vote on your behalf). Visit our Electoral register and voting page for more information. 

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

You may be able to apply for a postal or proxy vote instead but there is a deadline for doing this ahead of an election.

Visit our Electoral register and voting page for more information about applying for a postal or proxy vote.

The postal and proxy vote application deadlines will be included in the timetable of key dates that is published on the website ahead of each election.


I don’t have a poll card. Can I vote? Toggle accordion

You don’t need your poll card to be able to go and vote as long as you’re registered and eligible to vote for that election. You can go to your local polling station and give your name and address instead.

As part of the Elections Act 2022, voters are now required to show photo ID when voting at a polling station at most elections. Further information is available on our Elections Act and Voter ID page.

To check whether you are registered to vote, please contact the elections office.

I have a postal vote set up. Can I go to the polling station instead this year? Toggle accordion

Yes, but you would need to cancel your postal vote. This can be done up until the deadline date for applying for a postal vote.

Please check the timetable of key dates published on the website ahead of each election. After this date, your postal vote cannot be cancelled.

Please contact Electoral Services 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.

I can’t now get to my polling vote due to an emergency. Can I still vote? Toggle accordion

If you meet the criteria, you can apply for an emergency proxy vote up until 5pm on the day of the election. Further information and the relevant application forms, can be found on the Electoral Commission's Voting by Proxy webpage.

Where is my polling station? Toggle accordion

Polling stations may change depending on the election. Shortly before an election, you will be sent a poll card which contains details of your polling station including a map of the location. Visit our Polling stations, districts and boundaries page for more information. 

I live overseas. Can I vote? Toggle accordion

Some British citizens living abroad have the right to vote in certain elections held in the UK. To vote from abroad, UK citizens must register as overseas electors. To find out more and to register as an overseas elector visit the Electoral Commission's Voting if you move or live abroad webpage.

How do I find out who is standing for election? Toggle accordion

Details of the candidates standing for election are published on our website and at St Albans City & District Council Offices, Civic Centre, St Peters Street, St Albans, AL1 3JE.

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

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.