Election FAQs

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We’re putting arrangements in place to help you stay safe at the polling station; you can expect many of the measures you’ve become used to in shops and banks over recent months, such as hand sanitiser, floor markings and face masks. 

We have put in place the following measures at polling stations:

  • Hand Sanitiser at the entrance and exit
  • Floor markings
  • Face Coverings to be worn in all polling stations unless exempt
  • Screens between staff and voters
  • Polling booths cleaned down between electors
  • Ballot Pencil provided for each elector (you may also bring your own pencil if you would prefer)
  • Regular cleaning of high touch points and surfaces throughout the day
  • Covid Marshalls will be designated at certain venues to ensure social distancing maintained
  • Limits to the number of people in each polling station at one time (you may experience queues due to these restrictions)
  • Doors and windows (excluding fire doors) will be kept open to ensure the polling station is well ventilated

Remember - you also have the option to apply to vote by post or by proxy if you are not able to or would prefer not attend a polling station to vote.

If you’re thinking about voting by post, you can register to vote by post now

How to vote by proxy

Prior to every election polling cards are sent to all registered electors containing details of how to vote, where and when to vote.

You can also find the location of your polling station by entering your postcode on the following webpage: https://www.stroud.gov.uk/my-house

 

If you have lost your poll card, just go to your polling station and tell the staff inside your full name and address and you will be able to vote.

You do not need to show ID to vote. You will need to give the polling staff your full name and address. They will then mark against your name in the register and provide you with your ballot paper/s.

Polling Stations are open from 7am-10pm.

If you cannot get to the polling station you can apply for a postal or proxy vote, subject to submitting an application form before the deadlines.

 

Deadline to apply for a postal vote - 5pm on Tuesday 20 April

Deadline to apply for a proxy vote - 5pm on Tuesday 27 April

Emergency Proxy

In certain circumstances, where you have an emergency that means you can't vote in person, you can apply for an emergency proxy, to allow someone you trust to vote on your behalf at your polling station. This must be due to reasons that you weren't aware of before the 27 April at 5pm.

You may be able to request an emergency proxy if one of the following applies:

You have a medical emergency

You are away for work

You are self-isolating due to COVID-19

Please download and complete the relevant application form from the links above and return to Electoral Services, Stroud District Council, Ebley Mill, Stroud, GL5 4UB or send a clear scan or photo of the completed form by email to elections@stroud.gov.uk. The completed application form needs to be returned by 5pm on Thursday 6 May.

 

You can deliver your postal vote pack (with ballot paper) to your local polling station (within your electoral ward) during polling hours (7am to 10pm).

You can also return it to the Council Offices (Stroud District Council, Ebley Mill, Ebley Wharf, Stroud, GL5 4UB) during the run up to polling day but be sure you do this before 10pm on Thursday 6 May. Postal votes received after 10pm will not be counted.

You must put your request to cancel in writing by no later than 5pm on Tuesday 20 April 2021 otherwise you will still be issued a postal voting pack.

 

Please email elections@stroud.gov.uk or send a letter to the following address:

Electoral Services

Stroud District Council

Ebley Mill

Ebley Wharf

Stroud

GL5 4UB

 

Any amendments to your postal vote must be made by 5pm on Tuesday 20 April 2021

A postal vote can be sent to your home address or to any other address that you give. Postal Votes can be sent overseas, but you need to consider whether there will be enough time to receive and return your ballot paper by election day. In some instances a Proxy vote may be more appropriate for overseas voters.

To vote in elections and referendums you have to be 18 or over. You must also be a British, British Overseas Territory, Irish or Commonwealth citizen. Your name must also be on the Electoral Register, otherwise even if you meet the above criteria you will not be able to vote. If you would like to check if you are on the electoral register please complete this form

​You can apply to vote by proxy for emergency medical reasons up until 5pm on election day.

In certain circumstances, where you have an emergency that means you can't vote in person, you can apply for an emergency proxy, to allow someone you trust to vote on your behalf at your polling station. This must be due to reasons that you weren't aware of before the 27 April at 5pm.

You may be able to request an emergency proxy if one of the following applies:

You have a medical emergency

You are self-isolating due to COVID-19

Please download and complete the relevant application form from the links above and return to Electoral Services, Stroud District Council, Ebley Mill, Stroud, GL5 4UB or send a clear scan or photo of the completed form by email to elections@stroud.gov.uk. The completed application form needs to be returned by 5pm on Thursday 6 May.

 

You can apply for an emergency proxy, your request for an emergency proxy must be due to reasons that you weren't aware of before the 27 April at 5pm. You will need to obtain a form from us which will need to be countersigned by your employer, there are also provisions for anyone who is self-employed.

Emergency Proxy application form - work 

Please download and complete the relevant application form from the links above and return to Electoral Services, Stroud District Council, Ebley Mill, Stroud, GL5 4UB or send a clear scan or photo of the completed form by email to elections@stroud.gov.uk. The completed application form needs to be returned by 5pm on Thursday 6 May.

 

In the lead up to an election, the details of the candidates will be shown on the Notice of Poll, which will be displayed on the election page on the website. Information regarding the candidates is the responsibility of the individuals or parties concerned, so if you have not heard anything you would need to contact them. Electoral Services are not able to provide any information on the candidates.

By Email:

elections@stroud.gov.uk

 

By Telephone:

01453 766321

 

By Post:

Electoral Services

Stroud District Council

Ebley Mill

Ebley Wharf

Stroud

GL5 4UB

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