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You can register to vote at anytime of the year but you need to register 12 days before an election to be able to vote in that election. To register, you can apply online and this will be sent directly to Elections. Alternatively you can visit one of our information offices at either Kirkby, Sutton or Hucknall and use the I-pads in reception to register online. If you are unable to do this, you can call the Elections Unit on 01623 457321 and they will
do it online for you whilst you are on the telephone. Please have your date of birth and national insurance number ready as these are required for online registration.

The electoral register is the list of everyone who is registered to vote. You must be on the register to vote at elections and not being registered may affect your credit rating. You are not automatically registered, even if you pay Council Tax.

To find out please contact the Elections Unit on 01623 457 321 who will be able to give you more information.

We hold a separate register with different information to that held by Council Tax. One of the main reasons for this is that you do not have to pay Council Tax in order to register on the electoral register. Therefore, you have to notify the Elections unit directly if you move house. You can do this by visiting www.gov.uk/register-to-vote. Alternatively you can visit one of our information offices at either Kirkby, Sutton or Hucknall and use the I-pads in reception to register online. If you are unable to do this, you can call the Elections Unit on 01623 457321 and they will do it online for you whilst you are on the telephone. Please have your national insurance number ready as this is required for online registration.

Please visit www.gov.uk/register-to-vote and make a new application online, alternatively you can contact the Elections Unit on 01623 457321 and discuss your circumstances directly with one of the Elections team.

The only details shown on the electoral register are your name, address and if you are not yet 18, the date when you will turn 18.

A poll card is sent to your address before an election if you are on the electoral register. The poll card will tell you what the arrangements are for voting including where your polling station is and when you can vote. If you have applied to vote by post or proxy your poll card will tell you this.

You will not receive a poll card if you are not registered to vote. If you are registered to vote and you have not received a poll card but other people in your household have, please contact the elections unit on 01623 457 321.

Don't worry if you forget to take your poll card with you on polling day, as you can still vote at your polling station without it.

Yes, you can apply for a postal vote up until 5pm 11 days before an election, and you can apply for a proxy vote (where somebody of your choosing votes on your behalf) up until 5pm six days before an election. Before deciding which option you would prefer, please take into account that due to the election timetable, postal votes can only be sent out around eight days before an election, at the earliest. Therefore, if you are going to be away, and are unable to complete your ballot paper at home, a proxy vote may be a better option. To apply you will need to complete an application form

Further information

No, it is up to you whether or not you wish to vote. However, as politics affects every aspect of life from the food you eat to whether you can smoke in public places, voting is an important part of having a say on what matters to you. For instance, in a restaurant you wouldn't let someone on the other side of the room choose what you want to eat, so why let others choose who runs your local council or who your MP is? Further information is available on the Electoral Commission website.

A manifesto is a public declaration of the ideas and policies of a political party. It is usually published during the campaign before an election. A political party is not legally bound to honour any manifesto pledges.

All political parties in the United Kingdom have to be registered with the Electoral Commission. They have to have at least two members and pay a registration fee of £150. There are around 400 political parties in the United Kingdom. There is lots of information and guidance about standing for election and managing your party on the Electoral Commission website.

If you have any other questions, please do not hesitate to contact the Elections unit on 01623 457 321.

Further information can be obtained in the General Election 2015 FAQ booklet available to download here.

 

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