In preparation for the General Election 2017, here’s some information on how to vote and make sure YOU are part of the decision.

Register to Vote

If you are already registered at your current address you should soon – or already have – receive a polling card.

If you’ve not voted before, have changed address or are not on the electoral register you need to register to vote by 22nd May.

If you’re not sure if you are registered or not, contact the Birmingham Elections Office (see below).

Voting by Post

You can apply to vote by post. If you choose to use a postal vote at this election, you will not be able to vote in person.

  • How: Download form here – Information on application here
  • Deadline: 5pm Tuesday 23rd May 2017

Voting by Proxy

You can appoint someone else to vote on your behalf. You can apply for a one off proxy vote or a permanent proxy vote.

If you change your mind or your circumstances change, you can vote yourself on the day, as long as your proxy has not already voted on your behalf.

  • How: Full information of how to apply here
  • Deadline: 5pm Wednesday 31st May 2017

NB: If your appointed proxy can not attend the poling station and needs to vote by post, they will have to apply for a postal vote, as above

Last Minute Proxy?

What if it’s after the deadline for a proxy or postal vote application but you’ve found yourself in hospital or called into work in an emergency?

Don’t despair! There are circumstances where you can apply for a someone to vote on your behalf right up until 5pm on polling day.

  • How: Call the Birmingham Elections Office as soon as you can on 0121 303 2731
  • Deadline: Applications should reach the elections office by 5pm on Thursday 8th June 2017

On the day

Where: You should have received a polling card from the returning officer telling you where your polling station is. You don’t need to take the polling card with you to vote – it’s for your information.

When: Polling stations will be open between 7am and 10pm on Thursday 8th June 2017

How: If you’ve not voted before or need a reminder, there will be instructions displayed at the polling station. Staff are there to help you use your vote so don’t feel worried about asking questions if you need help!

More questions?

Contact the Birmingham Elections Office with any further queries and questions:

For Election news, candidates, 500 words, events and results, please click HERE.


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