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How to vote

You must be on the electoral register to vote. See register to vote for more on how to register. Each individual in a household must be registered to vote individually. 

Voting at a polling station

We send a polling card to all registered voters a few weeks before an election. The card gives details of when and where to vote. You must go to your allocated polling station, between 7am and 10pm. You will need to give your name and address or you can hand your polling card in. You will be given a ballot paper to take to the private polling booth. Follow the instructions on the paper, fold it and post it into the ballot box. 

Voting by post

If you vote by post, you will receive your ballot paper two weeks before Election Day. Follow the instructions on your ballot paper and return it to us. If you don’t return it in time your vote will not be counted. If you are too late to return it by post, you can take it to our offices in Oxted or to the polling station on your polling card. Whichever way it is returned, it must be with us by 10pm on Election Day.

Voting by proxy

If you have applied for a proxy vote, we will send your proxy a polling card several weeks before polling day. Your proxy should follow the procedure outlined under ‘voting at a polling station’ (above). 

Voting by postal proxy vote

If you have applied for a postal proxy vote, your proxy will receive your ballot paper two weeks before Election Day. Your proxy should follow the procedure outlined under ‘Voting by post’ (above). 

Emergency proxy vote

If you cannot get to a polling station because of sudden illness or unexpected circumstances, you can apply for an emergency proxy vote up to and including 5pm on the Election Day.

If you have a medical emergency occurring after 5pm, 6 working days before the poll, you can apply to vote by emergency proxy (until 5pm on the day of the election) - fill in the Disability emergency proxy form.

If you are unable to go to your polling station due to your occupation, service or employment and you only become aware of that fact after 5pm, 6 working days before the poll (until 5pm on the day of the poll) - fill in the Occupation emergency proxy form