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“How do I register to vote?”

by Gemma Melling

If you want to be able to have your say in elections taking place either locally or nationally, you must be registered to vote.

Not being registered can also impact on applications for mortgages or mobile phones, since credit reference agencies use the register to validate applications.

How do I register to vote?

If you are not registered to vote, you can register at online at www.gov.uk/register-to-vote. It only takes a few minutes – you will need your date of birth and national insurance number to register.

The council can also send you a form to register. You’ll need to contact us via elections@knowsley.gov.uk or 0151 443 3583.

I can’t remember if I am registered, how can I check?

If you are unsure whether you are registered to vote, you should email Knowsley Council on elections@knowsley.gov.uk or call their Election Helpline on 0151 443 2222 to check.

Can I vote by post?

You can apply for a postal vote by contacting Knowsley Council’s elections office on 0151 443 2222 or by emailing elections@knowsley.gov.uk.

Once registered, ballot papers will be sent to your home address before the election. You should then complete and return your ballot paper in the envelope provided before the polling stations close on election day. You can apply to vote by post for a particular election or on a permanent basis. Instructions on how to complete your postal vote will be enclosed within the postal vote pack.

I want someone else to vote on my behalf

You can appoint a proxy voter to vote on your behalf if you cannot get to the polling station on election day. You must give a reason why you cannot vote in person, for example, if you are on holiday.

You can apply to vote by proxy for a particular election only, or on a permanent basis. Permanent proxy applications may require a signature in support, such as your doctor or employer.

Please note, both you and your proxy need to be registered to be able to vote by proxy.

Contact the Elections Team on 0151 443 2222 for a postal or proxy voting application form.

Need more help?

For further assistance, please call Knowsley Council’s Elections Helpline on 0151 443 2222 or email elections@knowsley.gov.uk.