Election FAQs

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We’re putting arrangements in place to help you stay safe at the polling station. These include the following measures you’ve become used to in shops and banks:

  • Hand Sanitiser at the entrance and exit of polling stations
  • 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
  • Covid Marshalls 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)

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.

If you have lost your polling 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 statutory deadlines.

 

Voting by post

Postal vote deadline - 5pm, Tuesday 20 April 2021

To vote by post, you must complete an application form which can be found below.

We must receive your application by post or email by 5pm on Tuesday 20 April to ensure you are able to vote by post.


Postal vote application form

 

Voting by proxy

Proxy vote deadline - 5pm, Tuesday 27 April 2021

To vote by proxy you must complete an application form which can be found below.

We must receive your application by post or email by 5pm on Tuesday 27 April to ensure you are able to vote by proxy.

 
Proxy vote application form

 

If the deadlines above have passed it may be possible, in certain circumstances, to apply for an emergency proxy. Please contact us by email elections@stroud.gov.uk or by phone 01453 766321 for more information.

 

You can deliver your postal vote pack (with ballot paper) to any polling station within the Stroud District during polling hours (7am to 10pm).

You can also bring it to the Council Offices during the run up to polling day but be sure you do this before 10pm on election day. 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

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. You will need to request a form from us. Please email us at elections@stroud.gov.uk or call us on 01453 766321

You can apply for an emergency proxy. 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. Please email us at elections@stroud.gov.uk or call us on 01453 766321.

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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