In person at your polling station
Most people vote in person at their polling station. It is straightforward and a member of staff will always help if you are not sure what to do.
You will receive a poll card telling you where your polling station is; poll cards are sent approximately five weeks before the election. Poll cards are for information only, and you can still cast your vote if you lose or forget your poll card.
Polling stations are open from 7am to 10pm. Make sure to arrive in plenty of time.
Further information can be found on the Council's homepage by clicking on Where you live in the top right of the screen. It is possible to search for an address and then be provided with information on the left hand side of the window e.g. an address's polling station or elected representatives.
List of current polling stations by polling district code.
If you are unable to attend your polling station on polling day, you can apply for an absent vote. Please see the section below for further details.
Voting by post
You can apply to vote by post by filling in and returning this form, or request that one be sent to you. Applying for a postal vote will mean your ballot paper will be sent to your home address or any other address you give. A ballot paper can be sent out of the country, however, they will only be sent out one or two weeks before an election - to ensure your vote is counted you may prefer to appoint a proxy to vote on your behalf.
Postal ballot papers are usually sent out 1 to 2 weeks before an election, and must be returned by the close of polling hours on the day of an election to be included in the count. Any received after that time will not be included.
You must be registered to vote before you can apply for a postal vote.
Once you have applied to vote by post, at election time, you will receive your ballot paper through the post. Keep this paperwork safe. Follow the instructions carefully. Complete your ballot paper in secret and don’t let anyone else see how you voted. You must also complete the form that comes with your ballot paper. Put your signature and your date of birth in the boxes on this form. If you don’t, we won’t be able to count your vote.
Post your ballot paper back as soon as you can to make sure that it reaches us by 10:00pm on the day of election.
Voting by proxy
If you can't go to the polling station and don't wish to vote by post, you can apply to vote by proxy. This means allowing somebody you trust to vote on your behalf. When you apply for a proxy vote you have to state why you cannot vote in person.
Anyone can be your proxy as long as they are 18 or over and registered to vote under the new system of Individual Electoral Registration. A person cannot be a proxy for more than two people at any one election or referendum, unless they are a close relative.
Use this form to make an application to appoint a long term proxy to vote on your behalf.
You must be registered to vote before you can apply for a proxy vote.
How to request a paper application be posted to you
Please contact us on 01727 819294 or email email@example.com
Where to return your absent vote application to
The Electoral Registration Officer
St Albans City and District Council
Civic Centre Offices
St Peters Street
Or as a scanned email attachment of legible quality to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Postal or proxy voting for one election only
You may need to vote by post or proxy for a particular election only. Please note that in the run-up to an election there will be a deadline for absent voting arrangements, further details will be provided at the time.
Use this form to make an application to request a temporary postal vote.
Use this form to make an application to appoint an individual to vote on your behalf for one particular election.
You must be registered to vote before you can apply for a postal or proxy vote.
Emergency Proxy for a particular election
If you find out that you are unable to attend your polling station after the deadline for proxy applications, you may be eligible to apply for an emergency proxy vote. If you meet the criteria, you can apply for an emergency proxy vote up until 5pm on the day of the election.
- If you have a medical emergency after the normal proxy deadline, and that emergency means that you cannot go to the polling station in person, you can apply to vote by emergency proxy. You will need to complete an application form, and this form will need to be supported by a qualified person (e.g. a medical practitioner or social worker).
- You can also apply to vote by emergency proxy if your occupation, service or employment means that you cannot go to the polling station in person, and you only become aware of that fact after the normal proxy deadline. You will need to complete an application form, and this form will need to be supported by a qualified person (e.g. your employer).
Further information regarding voting by emergency proxy, including the relevant application forms, can be found online here. Alternatively, please contact the Electoral Services team on 01727 819294 or email email@example.com
Date of last review: 20 October 2016
If you are an overseas elector you can now choose to have your ballot paper sent to you overseas. However, it will only be sent out 1 to 2 weeks before an election, therefore, in order to ensure your vote is counted you are advised to appoint a proxy to vote on your behalf.