Elections and voting

How to vote

There are three ways you can cast your vote in an election:

  • in person at a polling station
  • by post
  • by proxy (this means asking someone to vote on your behalf)

You can find more information about how to vote at GOV.UK.

Vote in person at a polling station

Polling stations are situated around the Borough of Broxbourne and are open on the election day. You will receive a polling card giving details of your polling station before an election. If you lose your polling card you can still vote. To find your polling station, go to where do I vote.

On voting day you should go to a polling station. It is helpful, but not essential, if you take your polling card with you as the staff there will need to know your name and address. You will be given a ballot paper for each poll. On the ballot paper, there is a list of candidates and the political parties they represent. The ballot paper will also tell you how many votes you have. Go to a polling booth and:

  • put a cross (X) next to your chosen candidate
  • fold your ballot paper in half and put it in the ballot box

You can ask a member of staff at the polling station about anything you are unsure of. Do not put any additional marks or comments on your ballot paper as this is likely to make your vote void.

Vote by post

You can apply to vote by post at all elections or just for a particular election. The closing date for postal applications is 11 working days before the election.

The ballot paper can be sent to any address including those outside the UK. However, your vote may take longer to arrive and votes received after the poll closes will not be counted. Once your postal application has been accepted, you will not be allowed to vote in person at a polling station, although you can hand in your postal ballot paper to a polling station in your electoral area on polling day.

You can download a postal vote application form from the electoral commission. Once you have filled this in you should send it to the Council. You can do this either:

Note: if you use the online enquiry form you must upload a scanned application form. A photograph of the form will not be accepted.

Vote by proxy

You may wish to appoint a proxy (another person) to vote on your behalf because of your occupation or physical circumstances. Your proxy will need to go to your polling station and complete your ballot paper for you. If you apply for a proxy vote you must specify why you cannot vote in person.

You can apply for a proxy vote up to six working days before the election day provided you have not already applied for a postal vote. All applications must be received before 5pm on the final day.

You can download a proxy vote application form from the electoral commission. Once you have filled this in you should send it to the Council. You can do this either:

Note: if you use the online enquiry form you must upload a scanned application form. A photograph of the form will not be accepted.

Emergency proxy vote

If you suffer a medical emergency which means you cannot visit a polling station in person, or your employment means you cannot do so (provided you only became aware of this after the deadline to apply for a proxy vote), you can apply to vote by emergency proxy until the election day. Contact the Council directly to get more information on how to apply.