Ways of voting


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We will send you a poll card just before an election telling you where and when to vote.

You can still vote if you’ve lost your card.

Polling stations are open from 7am to 10pm on the day of the election (‘polling day’), and are usually located in public buildings like schools or local halls. Click here to find out where your nearest polling station is.

The Presiding Officer at each polling station is able to assist an elector to help make voting easier.  Watch our video if you are having concerns about accessing your polling station or voting unaided.

Postal Vote

Anyone can apply for a postal vote - you do not need a reason.

To apply for a postal vote you must complete an Application Form.

Once completed your application form should be returned by email to electoralservices@maidstone.gov.uk

Please attach any relevant documentation to support your application to the email.

Postal votes can be sent overseas, but you should consider whether there'll be enough time to receive and return your ballot paper by election day.

Please be aware if you register for a postal vote, the postal ballot pack is not sent out until about 10 days before the date of an election.

If this is too late for you circumstances you may want to appoint a proxy to vote on your behalf instead. Click here to appoint a proxy.

For more information on key dates please follow this link.

For more information on voting by post please visit Your Vote Matters.

What happens after I apply to vote by post?

When an election or referendum is going to be held, your ballot paper will be sent to you in the post.

To find out when your ballot paper will be sent you can check your postal poll card or you can contact your elections team. Make sure you return your postal vote so that it arrives by the close of poll, otherwise it will not be counted.

A Freepost envelope is included in your postal ballot pack. But, if you are sending it from overseas, you may need to pay the postage. If it is too late to send your vote back by post, you can hand it in on polling day to the elections team at your council, or drop it off at certain polling stations.

If you need help completing your postal ballot pack, see the video below for our handy guide.

Proxy Vote

Voting by Proxy allows you to nominate a person to vote on your behalf. This is usually for a specific election only.

To apply to vote by Proxy you must complete an Application Form.

Once completed your application form should be returned via email to electoralservices@maidstone.gov.uk

Please attach any relevant documentation to support your application to the email.

Sometimes a permanent proxy can be appointed to vote on your behalf, for example, if you are an overseas elector or if you have a disability.  Please contact electoralservices@maidstone.gov.uk for advice.

For more information on voting by Proxy please visit Your Vote Matters.

If you are not already registered to vote please visit the Gov website.

Watch our video with helpful information about voting by proxy.


Emergency Proxy

In certain circumstances, where you have an emergency that means you cannot go to the polling station in person, you can apply for an emergency proxy up to 5pm on the day of the poll.

Click here to find out more.

Your poll card explained

Watch our video with helpful information about your poll card.

Find our Easy Read Voting Guide document with information that will help you.

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