General Election 2019 – Information for Voters

Useful information for voters in the General Election on December 12th, 2019.

How do I register to vote?

To vote in the upcoming General Election, you need to be registered to vote before midnight on 26th November 2019.

You can register to vote on-line via gov.uk

How can I get a postal vote?

If you wish to vote by post, you need to apply before 5pm on 26th November.

You should apply for your postal vote as early as possible. You can obtain a form which you must complete, sign, date and send back to your local electoral office before the deadline.

If you are uncertain which local electoral office you should be sending your application to, you can check via: https://www.gov.uk/get-on-electoral-register.

You can download the form from Stafford Borough Council’s website via https://www.staffordbc.gov.uk/elections-voting.

Or South Staffordshire Disctrict Council’s website: https://www.sstaffs.gov.uk/elections/proxy-and-postal-vote.cfm.

Contacting your local electoral office

Stafford Constituency residents living within the Borough of Stafford should contact Stafford Borough Council’s Electoral Office:

Elections Office
Stafford Borough Council
Civic Centre
Riverside
Stafford
ST16 3AQ

Tel: 01785 619424
Email: elections@staffordbc.gov.uk

Stafford Constituency residents living within the South Staffordshire District should contact South Staffordshire District Council’s Electoral Office:

Elections Office
South Staffs Council
Wolverhampton Road
Codsall
South Staffordshire
WV8 1PX

Tel: 01902 696000
Email: info@sstaffs.gov.uk

How can I get a proxy vote?

If you are registered to vote but you are going to be away from home for the General Election and unable to receive a postal ballot paper, you can appoint someone to vote on your behalf.

You need to apply by 5pm on 4th December to obtain a proxy vote in the General Election.

The proxy voting information for both Stafford Borough Council and South Staffordshire District Council is on the same page as the postal voting application details (see links above). Again you will need to download a form and send it to appropriate council’s electoral office.

Emergency Proxy Votes

In some situations, it is possible to obtain an emergency proxy vote after the proxy vote application deadline. If you require an emergency proxy vote, we suggest you contact your local electoral office as soon as you can.

There are emergency proxy vote application forms on Stafford Borough Council’s website on the same page as the postal and proxy vote application forms.

I need help getting a postal/proxy vote application form

If you need a form printing and sending out to you, then request one via the contact page.

How do I find my polling station?

If you are not sure where your polling station is, you can find out via https://wheredoivote.co.uk/.

I need a lift to my polling station

Volunteers from the local Labour party will help transport voters too and from polling stations on polling day. If you need a lift, you can request one via the contact page.

Additional Help

If you need any additional help, for example equipment provided at the polling station for a visual impairment or low-level polling booths, please contact the your local electoral office using the details above.

Voting eligibility

To be eligible to vote in the December 12th General Election, you must be:

  • On the Electoral Register
  • Aged 18 of over on polling day
  • Resident at an address in the United Kingdom or a British Citizen living abroad who has been registered vote in the UK in the last 15 years
  • Not legally excluded from voting (for example convicted and detained) or disqualified as a sitting peer

There’s more information about voter eligibility available from the Electoral Commission.