Register to vote 2013
There are elections for Worcestershire County Council on Thursday May 2, 2013 - and you need to ensure you are on the Electoral Register to be able to vote.
If you completed or updated a registration form in the autumn of 2012, you should already be on the register.
If you are not already on the register, you need to do one of the following:
To be eligible to vote in the elections on May 2 2013, you need to have completed and returned your registration by 5pm on Wednesday April 17, 2013.
For further details about the register can be found on our Electoral Register page.
Don't Lose your Right to Vote!
Now is the time to get prepared and ensure you are on the Electoral Register. Don't lose your right to Vote!
If youíre not on the Electoral Register, you cannot vote. So if you have recently moved house, are about to become 18, or have never registered, you should complete a Registration form. Further information about the Electoral Register along with Registration Forms you can download can be found on our Electoral Register page.
Check the Full Electoral Register Now!
The Full Version of the Register of Electors (Electoral Roll) is available for people to inspect at the Guildhall, under supervision.
Look at the Register to make sure your name has been correctly included. If it hasnít, get in touch with us now and we will be pleased to try and help you keep your right to vote.
Omission from the Register may also cause you to experience greater difficulty in obtaining credit or other financial services.
Further details about the Register of Electors can be found on our Electoral Register page
What if I am unable to get to the Polling Station on Election Day?
If you are unable to go to your Polling Station on Election Day, you can apply to vote by post or apply to vote by proxy (a proxy is someone who votes on your behalf).
What is a Postal vote ?
A postal vote means that you receive your ballot paper by post before the election and return it the same way.
You remain personally responsible for completion of the paper and its return. You do not have to provide a reason for wishing to vote by post, and may apply for one election, a number of elections between two dates, or for a permanent postal vote. Instructions on how to complete the postal vote will be included with the ballot paper.
If you have a postal vote you will not be allowed under any circumstances to vote in person at the polling station.
The deadline to apply for a postal vote for this year's Worcestershire County Council elections is 5pm on Wednesday, April 17, 2013.
What is a Proxy vote ?
A proxy vote allows you to appoint another person to vote on your behalf, either at a polling station or by post. To be eligible to appoint a proxy, you must give a reason for your inability to attend the polling station.
- You have a physical disability
- Your job takes you away from home on a permanent or unpredictable basis, or on the day of the election
- You will be on holiday when the election takes place
If you appoint a proxy and your circumstances change so that you are able to get to the polling station, you may vote yourself provided that the proxy has not already voted on your behalf.
There are two types of Proxy application forms.
- Application Form to Vote by Proxy for a Particular Election
- Application Form to Vote by Proxy for a definite or indefinite period
Please return completed Application Forms to:
Electoral Registration Officer
Worcester City Council
If in any doubt please contact the Electoral Registration Officer for further advice.
The deadline to apply for a proxy vote for this year's Worcestershire County Council elections is 5pm on Wednesday. April 24, 2013.
Frequently Asked Questions
How and where do I vote?
At the time of an election, full details of the election timetable and voting arrangements will be publicised widely. If you qualify to vote in an election, we will send you a poll card telling you the date and time of the election and the address of your polling station.
If you are on the Electoral Register, you will be sent a poll card just before an election. It tells you where and when to vote. Please note that you will be sent a poll card even if you vote by post. The poll card is for information only; you do not actually need it to cast your vote.
What happens at the Polling Station?
- Tell the clerk your name and address as shown on the Polling Card you have had delivered. You will be given a ballot paper.
- Go to one of the compartments. Mark a cross (X) on the right hand side of the paper opposite the name of the candidate you are voting for. Do not put any other marks or comments on the paper or your vote may not be counted.
- Fold the ballot paper in two. Place the ballot paper in the ballot box. Do not let anyone see your vote - it is nobody's business but your own.
Do I need my Polling Card to vote?
No. Give your name and address to the staff in the Polling Station, who will confirm your eligibility to vote.
I have moved into Worcester from another Constituency. I pay Council Tax at this address so the Council know where I am. Do I need to notify Electoral Services ?
Yes. The Council Tax and Electoral Services teams wrok completely separately.
How can I check if I am on the register?
For further details on how how to get your name on the Register of Electors can be found on our Electoral Register page.
Situation of Polling Stations in Worcester City
Please click on the polling station labels in the left column to pin-point the location on the map. Check your poll card for details of your polling station.
(Double click an area on the map to zoom in, and right double click to zoom out)
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