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How to Register and Vote

Information about registering to vote and the alternative ways of voting including downloadable forms.

The next scheduled elections in Shepway are:

  • The next schedules elections will be held on the 1st Thursday of May 2019 for the District and Parish Councils

How can I vote?

You must be on the Electoral Register to vote. You can do this at anytime throughout the year. Once you are registered you do not need to re-register unless you move.

The Electoral Services Team strongly recommends you register as early as possible, to ensure you are entitled to vote at future elections/referendums.

If you are not on the Electoral Register, you must register by the election registration deadline (publicised 25 days before an election/referendum) in order to vote in that particular election. If you miss the deadline you cannot vote.

 It takes less than five minutes to apply online.

If you are not sure if you are registered, please contact the Electoral Services Team.


Different ways to vote

Postal vote

Applications to vote by post can be made at anytime throughout the year. If you apply for a permanent postal vote you do not need to re-apply unless you move.

The Electoral Services Team strongly recommend for you to apply for a postal vote as early as possible, to ensure your postal vote is set up and can be delivered to you in advance of an election/referendum.

If you want a postal vote during the build up to an election/referendum you must apply before the postal vote application deadline (publicised 25 days before an election/referendum). If you miss the deadline you will not receive a postal vote.

pdf icon Postal vote application form [31kb]

Alternatively, forms can be found on the About My Vote website


Proxy vote (Single Election/Referendum)

Applications to vote by proxy for a single election/referendum can be made up until 5 pm, 6 working days before the election/referendum date.

The Electoral Services Team strongly recommends you apply for a proxy vote as early as possible, to ensure your proxy vote is set up in advance of an election/referendum.

pdf icon Application form for a Proxy vote [225kb]

Alternatively, forms can be found on the About My Vote website


Proxy vote (Permanent)

Applications to permanently vote by proxy can be made at anytime throughout the year.

You can only apply for a permanent proxy vote if:

  • you have a medical issue or disability that restricts you from attending a polling station
  • you have existing work commitments that restrict you from attending a polling station
  • you have armed service commitments that restrict you from attending a polling station

You will need your permanent proxy vote application signed by someone confirming your reasons for wanting a proxy vote. The application form will tell you who needs to sign it.

pdf icon Application form for a Proxy vote [225kb]


Emergency proxy vote

Applications to vote by emergency proxy can only be made from 5pm 6 working days before an election/referendum until 5pm on polling day.

You can only apply for an emergency proxy vote if;

  • you have a medical emergency occur after 5pm on the 6th working day before an election and you are unable to attend a polling station
  • you become aware of occupation, armed service or employment commitments after 5pm on the 6th working day before an election, that restrict you from attending a polling station

The emergency proxy vote application must be attested by a qualifying person, confirming your reasons for wanting an emergency proxy vote. The application form will tell you who needs to sign and attest it.

Forms can be found on the About My Vote website