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Register to vote

You qualify to register to vote if you are:

  • a British Citizen 
  • an EU Citizen resident in the UK
  • a qualifying Commonwealth Citizen resident in the UK

If you would like to check to see if you are already on the register, please use our online register check form below.

How do I register?

To complete the application form will need the following information available:

  • your National Insurance number
  • your passport (if you are a British Citizen living abroad) 

Before you submit your details please make sure you read our Privacy Notice.

More information on registering to vote can be found on the Electoral Commission website or Gov.uk website and an easy read guide to voting and registering is available to view from the Cabinet Office.

Voter ID information

The UK Government has introduced a requirement for voters to show photo ID when voting at a polling station at elections. This new requirement will apply for the first time in England at the local elections on Thursday 4 May 2023.

For more information on photo ID you can view the governments easy read online guide, call the Electoral Commission helpline on 0800 328 0280 or visit the electoral commission website.

Which forms of ID can I use to vote?

A full list of accepted photo ID's can be found on the Electoral Commission website. Below is a list of the most common types of accepted ID's:

  • Passport
  • Driving Licence (including provisional licence)
  • Blue Badge
  • Certain concessionary travel cards
  • Identity card with PASS mark (Proof of Age Standard Scheme)
  • Biometric Immigration document
  • Defence identity card
  • Certain national identity cards
What if I don't have accepted photo ID?

If you don't have an accepted form of photo ID or you're not sure whether your photo ID still looks like you, you can apply for a free voter ID document known as a Voter Authority Certificate. You can apply online using the button below or request a paper application form by contacting the electoral services team on electoralservices@melton.gov.uk.

What happens if I have received an evidence letter?

You will have received an evidence letter when your register to vote application is not successful.  You will need to prove your identity to be added to the register of electors by providing documentary evidence.

A list of acceptable documents to upload are listed on your evidence letter.

 

Postal and proxy votes

If you are unable to attend the polling station for any reason, you may wish to apply for a postal or proxy vote.

A postal vote is where your vote is sent to you before polling day and a proxy vote is where you ask another person to vote on your behalf.

The process for applying for a postal vote has changed

You can apply online for a postal vote however paper applications will still be accepted. 

Both online and paper applications will require ID verification.

The postal vote will be in place for a maximum of 3 years. After 3 years you will be required to make a new application to continue voting by post.

To apply online please visit the gov.uk website.

Further information on the changes can be found on the Electoral Commission website.

Postal vote rules

You can apply for a postal vote as long as you are on the electoral register

  • You can apply for just one election, for a specific time period, or for a permanent postal vote.
  • An application form must be completed by the person applying for a postal vote.

If you wish to apply for a postal vote for the Asfordby By Election on 2 November 2023 we need to receive your completed application by 5pm Wednesday  18 October 2023

Proxy vote rules

You can ask either a member of your family or a friend/colleague to act as your proxy. You must ask them first and make sure that they can get to your polling station to vote on your behalf. If the person you appoint does not live in the area, they will have to apply to be a postal proxy. In doing this your vote will be posted to them. Each applicant must fill in a form and, where possible, get your proxy to also sign the form accepting the appointment.

If you wish to vote by proxy in the Asfordby By Election on 2 November 2023 we need to receive your completed application by 5pm Wednesday 25 October 2023.

You can apply for a proxy vote as long as you are on the electoral register. When you apply for a proxy vote you have to provide a reason. You can apply for a proxy vote if:

  • You are unable to go to the polling station for one particular election, for example, if you are away on holiday
  • You have a physical condition that means you cannot go to the polling station on election day
  • Your employment means that you cannot go to the polling station on election day
  • Your attendance on an educational course means that you cannot go to the polling station on election day
  • You are a crown servant or a member of Her Majesty's Armed Forces
  • You are a British citizen living overseas
  • Proxy vote forms must be received 6 working days before an election.
Medical emergency and employment proxy vote rules

You may be able to apply for an emergency proxy on the grounds of a medical emergency or being taken away from home by your work.

You can only apply if you become aware of the fact after 5pm, six working days before polling day. 

The closing date for emergency proxy applications is 5pm on polling day.

 

Postal voter signature refresh

Each January we send out notices to every postal, proxy and postal proxy voters whose signature is more than five years old.  Absent voters who have been granted a signature waiver are not affected by the refresh provisions.

To apply for a postal or proxy vote

From the panel below, download, print and complete an application form and return the form to: Electoral Registration Officer at Melton Borough Council, Parkside, Station Approach, Burton Street, Melton Mowbray, LE13 1GH.

Cancelling a postal or proxy vote

You must cancel your postal or proxy vote in writing. You must send a signed letter to confirm that you want to cancel your postal vote, either by email (as a scanned attachment) or by post.

Email: electionservices@melton.gov.uk

Postal address: Electoral Services, Melton Borough Council, Parkside, Station Approach, Burton Street, Melton Mowbray, LE13 1GH

Changing a postal or proxy vote

If you wish to change from a postal vote to a proxy vote or a proxy vote to a postal vote, you must complete a new postal/proxy application form.

Last updated 1 November 2023
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