Voting in person
If you are on the electoral register and eligible to vote, you will receive a poll card before the election. This will tell you when and where to vote. On the day of the election you will need to go in person to a polling station to vote. Polling stations are normally open from 7:00am to 10:pm.
Voting by post
Anyone who is on the electoral register can apply for a postal vote. The postal vote is sent directly to you before the day of the election.
You will need to return your postal vote by post before the deadline given. Applications for a postal vote for the local elections on 3 May 2018 must be received by 5:00pm on Wednesday 18 April 2018.
Voting by proxy
Proxy voting means you appoint someone to vote on your behalf if you are unable to get to the polling station on election day. Your chosen proxy must also be registered to vote.
To vote by proxy you have to give a reason, for example if you are away on holiday or on business. The proxy vote will only be valid for the current election.
Deadline for proxy votes for 3 May 2018 local elections
If you are cancelling or changing an existing proxy vote your application must be received by the elections office by 5:00pm on Wednesday 18 April 2018.
If you are changing your proxy vote to a postal vote, you must ensure that your application has been received by the elections office by 5:00pm on Wednesday 18 April 2018.
New proxy applications must be received at the elections office by 5:00pm on 25 April 2018.
Emergency proxy applications
You can apply for an emergency proxy if:
- you have a medical emergency after the deadline that means you cannot go to the polling station in person
- your occupation, service or employment means that you cannot go to the polling station in person, and you only become aware of that fact after the deadline
You can apply for an emergency proxy up until 5:00pm on Thursday 3 May 2018 to vote in the local elections on that day.
To apply for an emergency proxy vote call Wirral Council on 0151 691 8046.
How to vote if you have been made a proxy
You will be sent a proxy poll card with details of where you should go to vote. When you get to the polling station, the staff will tell you what to do.
If you can’t attend the polling station you can apply to vote as a proxy by post, but you must apply by 5:00pm on Wednesday 18 April 2018.
British citizens living abroad cannot vote in a local government election. Service Voters and Crown Servants stationed overseas can vote in a local government election.
Armed forces voters posted abroad
Service personnel and their spouses or civil partners posted abroad can register to vote online.
You can register at the address in the UK where you would be living if not posted overseas or at an address where you have lived in the past.
Service declaration forms can be sent to the elections office in the area where you wish to register. To vote in the local elections on 3 May 2018 new service vote application forms must be received by 5:00pm on the 17 April 2018.
Armed forces voters posted elsewhere in the UK
Service personnel and their spouses or civil partners can register to vote online.
Methods of voting for armed forces personnel
Service voters and their spouses or civil partners can vote in person or can opt to vote by post or proxy.
Postal votes are usually sent out about 10 days before polling day. If you are living abroad it is advisable that you appoint a proxy to vote on your behalf as there is unlikely to be enough time for postal votes to reach you and be sent back before close of poll.