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How to vote

Cheshire West and Chester Council elections are held on a four yearly cycle (May 2015, May 2019, etc). There are no local Council elections in Cheshire West and Chester this year.

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Proxy voting

You can appoint someone to vote on your behalf at your usual polling station, but you have to provide a reason to vote by proxy for a single election. You can only vote by proxy on an indefinite basis for the following reasons: physical incapacity, overseas voter, studying at university and certain occupations such as armed forces.

You need to tell your proxy which candidate or candidates you wish to vote for.

If you change your mind and wish to vote in person, you can still do so, providing that your proxy has not already voted on your behalf.

You can post your completed form to the return address:

  • Cheshire West and Chester Council, Democratic Services, 4 Civic Way, Ellesmere Port, CH65 0BE

or scan and send to:

Emergency proxy

In the case of medical emergencies, a proxy or postal vote may be applied for up to 5pm on polling day. This application must be attested by a medical professional.

You can also apply to vote by emergency proxy if your occupation, service or employment means that you cannot go to the polling station in person, and you only became aware of that fact after the proxy vote deadline.

Please note: to apply for a proxy or postal vote, you must already be registered to vote.

Voting by post (postal vote)

If you completed and returned a postal vote application form before the 5pm deadline on 23 May and you don’t receive your postal pack by Friday 2 June, please contact the Elections Office to request a replacement:

You can still vote even if you are unable to go to your polling station on election day. You may now receive a postal vote on request. Please note that postal votes are normally sent out approximately one week before polling day.

The deadline for postal vote applications is eleven working days before polling day, and six working days before polling day for proxy vote applications. If you think you will need a postal vote at a forthcoming election, you can apply today whether or not an election has been called.

  • Cheshire West and Chester Council, Democratic Services, 4 Civic Way, Ellesmere Port, CH65 0BE

or scan and send to:

We cannot guarantee delivery of postal vote packs outside of the UK and would advise you to consider applying for a proxy vote if you will be out of the country before the postal packs are sent out.

Voting at a polling station

You will receive a polling card with details of your polling station. Please check this carefully as your usual polling station may have changed. You may still vote without your polling card.

Polling stations open from 7am - 10pm on the day of the election. If you cannot visit the polling station, you may choose to vote in one of the following ways.

Refreshing absent vote identifiers

Legislation requires the Electoral Registration Officer to conduct an annual review of every person who remains a postal ('absent') voter, and whose signature held on record is more than five years old. These will be sent a notice in writing requiring them to provide a fresh signature if they wish to retain their postal vote. The notice will require the elector to supply a specimen of their signature and if this is not received within six weeks of the date of the notice their absent voting facility will be cancelled.

Register to vote

You must be on the electoral register to vote. You can download or request a registration form.

The quickest and easiest way to register or change your details is on the Register to Vote website:

Anonymous registration

If your safety may be at risk if details are published on the voters list, you can register anonymously.

This option is suitable for people escaping domestic violence or for people whose occupation means they must keep their identity private. It is not intended for people who do not want their details sold on to third parties, they can ‘opt-out’ of the open register instead.

The anonymous registration scheme allows people to vote in person, by post or by proxy without their identity or their address being made public. It also enables those who live with someone who is at risk to register anonymously.

You must provide evidence to support your application. The evidence required is one of the following:

  • A court order or injunction for your protection, which must be in force currently.
  • Have your application supported by a qualified person, such as; a police officer of the rank of superintendent or higher in any police force in the UK; a Director General of the Security Services or the Serious Organised Crime Agency; or a Director of Adult Social Services or Children’s Services.
  • A copy of a court order or attestation for someone at risk and proof that you live in the same household as that person.

If your application is successful, your name and address will not appear on the voters list. You will be sent a certificate of anonymous registration which you can send to credit reference agencies to prove your identity if you want to obtain credit or open a bank account.

Registration lasts for one year – at the end of this period you must renew your registration to retain your anonymity.

To apply for anonymous registration please complete and return the application form:

Alternatively you can contact the elections helpline on 01244 977084 for further advice or to request an application form.

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