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Sunday November 19th 2017

General Election – Don’t forget to vote.

Voters are being reminded to make sure they are ready to take part in the General Election on Thursday 8 June.

Make sure you vote in time

  • Polling stations will be open from 7am to 10pm on Thursday 8 June.
  • Poll cards are sent to the address on the electoral register. It gives details of the polling station you need to go to.
  • If you arrive at the polling station after 10pm, the poll will be closed and you will not be able to vote.

Postal voting

  • If you have a postal vote, make sure it is returned by 10pm on Thursday 8 June.
  • If you have not had time to post it before 8 June, you can take it to the polling station and hand it in by 10pm.

Proxy voting

  • If you’ve appointed a proxy, they need to make sure they are able to vote at the correct polling station on your behalf. Letters will be sent to all proxies with the information required.
  • If you are suddenly unable to vote in person, because you have a medical emergency which prevents you from attending on polling day, or your occupation, service or employment means you cannot go to the polling station in person and you only become aware of that after the deadline, you may be entitled to appoint an emergency proxy.
  • You can apply for an emergency proxy up until 5pm on polling day.

At the polling station

  • Take your poll card with you to show the polling station staff when you arrive. They will still ask you to confirm your name and address. If you don’t have the card with you, just tell the polling station staff your name and your address and they can check whether you’re on the electoral register.
  • Staff at the polling station will give you a ballot paper listing the candidates you can vote for.
  • If you are disabled, you can ask the Presiding Officer for help and they can mark the ballot paper for you. You can also ask someone else to help you for example a support worker, as long as they are either a relative or an eligible elector.
  • If you have a visual impairment, you can ask to see a large print ballot paper or you can ask for a special voting device that allows you to vote on your own in secret.

Louise Round, Chief Executive and the Deputy Returning Officer, said: “With the elections taking place next week, we want to make sure that everyone knows how to cast their vote with confidence. Anyone who needs more information should visit www.yourvotematters.co.uk or get in touch with us on 01883 722000, or e-mail customerservices@tandridge.gov.uk.”