Do you need a postal or proxy vote for May elections?

On holiday on June 23? Or just can't make it to the EU Referendum polls for another reason?

If you are not going to be able to cast your vote in person at your polling station in the forthcoming referendum, you could apply for a postal or a proxy vote.

The vote will take place on 23 June 2016. Most people living in the Peterborough City Council area, who will be 18 or over on polling day and are already on the electoral register, will be able to vote.

If you are registered to vote but find yourself unable to get to your polling station - perhaps you will be away, or medical issues will prevent you attending in person you can apply for a postal vote or apply for a proxy vote.

You need to sign your application form personally because the electoral registration office needs a copy of your signature for voting security reasons. This helps to ensure the security of your vote and is used to tackle electoral fraud.

People can also visit the Town Hall in Bridge Street, Peterborough to register.

Residents will need to supply their date of birth and National Insurance number on their registration form.

Voting by proxy is a convenient way of voting if you are unable to get to the polling station. By proxy just means that you appoint someone you trust to vote on your behalf.

Voting by proxy can be useful if you fall ill and are unable to get to the polling station on polling day, or if you are abroad during an election or referendum.

When you apply for a proxy vote you have to provide a reason. You can apply for a proxy vote if:

  • You are unable to go to the polling station for one particular election or referendum, for example, if you are away on holiday
  • You have a physical condition that means you cannot go to the polling station on polling day
  • Your employment means that you cannot go to the polling station on polling day
  • Your attendance on an educational course means that you cannot go to the polling station on polling day

With the exception of those who are registered blind, if you are applying for a permanent proxy you will need someone to support your application.

Voters must first be registered to vote before applying for a postal or proxy vote. The deadline to register to vote is midnight on 7 June 2016. The fastest way to do this is by registering to vote on GOV.UK.

  • New applications to vote by post must be made by Wednesday 8 June at 5pm
  • New proxy applications are required by Wednesday 15 June at 5pm

Changes or cancellations to either postal or proxy votes must also be made by Wednesday 8 June at 5pm.

Polling stations will be open 7am-10pm on Thursday 23 June. Voters will be asked to answer the following question:

Should the United Kingdom remain a member of the European Union or leave the European Union?

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