Here are the answers to some key questions you may have about the upcoming election…
Last date for receipt of postal applications – 17:00 on Tuesday 20th April
Last date for receipt of proxy vote applications – 17:00 on Tuesday 27th April
Last date for receipt of emergency proxy applications – 17:00 on Thursday 6th May
Local election voting day – 07:00 to 22:00 on Thursday 6th May
If your circumstances change, for example you move home between now and the registration deadline on 19th April, you will need to re-register at your new property.
If you need to check that you are on the Register of Electors then call Isle of Wight Council on 01983 823380 or email [email protected]. You will need to quote your full name and address.
On poll day, when you go to your polling station, you will be given a piece of paper with the names of the different candidates for your local ward area on it. You then go to a booth and put a X in the box which reflects your choice(s) and put the paper into a ballot box.
By post – If you are already registered as a postal voter then you will receive your vote through the post. If you cannot or do not wish to attend your local polling station, you can still vote by post by filling out the application form available at https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/apply-for-a-postal-vote. You will need to apply by 17:00 on Tuesday 20th April to vote by post in the local elections.
If you would like to cancel your postal vote and vote in person instead, email the council’s electoral services at [email protected], stating that you wish to cancel your postal vote and giving your full name and address. You can also cancel your postal vote by writing, giving your full name and address, to Electoral Services, Isle of Wight Council, High Street, Newport, Isle of Wight, PO30 1UD.
By proxy – If you are unable to vote in person or by post, you can choose to have someone you trust cast your vote for you. The person you choose can only act as proxy if they are 18 and are registered individually themselves. A person cannot vote as a proxy for more than 2 people at any 1 election or referendum, unless they are a close relative.
In England, Scotland or Wales, you will need to download and complete a form to apply to vote by proxy. There are different forms depending on the reason that you need a proxy vote, at https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/proxy-voting-application-forms. If you want to vote by proxy in the local elections, you will need to apply by 17:00 on Tuesday 27th April.
By emergency proxy – If, after 17:00 on Tuesday 27th April, you find you are unable to attend your polling station in person due to a medical emergency – such as self-isolating due to coronavirus – or due to your occupation, service or employment and you only become aware of that fact AFTER 17:00 Tuesday 27th April; then you may be able to appoint an emergency proxy to vote on your behalf.
Contact the electoral services team by email on [email protected]; in writing to Electoral Services, Isle of Wight Council, High Street, Newport, Isle of Wight, PO30 1UD or call 01983 823380. Emergency proxy votes can be issued up to 17:00 on Thursday 6th May.