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Elections FAQs

Elections


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How do I fill in the ballot paper?|
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How do I vote by post?|
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Where can I find a list of the Cherwell polling stations?|
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I am unable to get to the polling station on election day?|
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I've been made a proxy for someone. What do I need to do?|
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What are the polling hours for the next elections?|
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Who can apply for a proxy vote?|
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Why haven't I received my poll card?|
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A relative/friend has been suddenly incapacitated/taken ill. Can I vote on their behalf?|
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How do I find out where my polling station is?|
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How do I get a proxy vote?|
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How secure is a postal vote?|
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I will be overseas temporarily on the day of the elections. How can I vote?|
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I've lost my postal ballot paper. What do I do?|
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When can I register to vote?|
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Who can apply for a postal vote?|
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Who can register to vote?|
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Why do I need to give my date of birth and signature to get a postal or proxy vote?|
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I am concerned about my name appearing on the electoral roll, can I register anonymously?|
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Annual Canvass|

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How do I fill in the ballot paper?
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The information will be provided by the polling clerk at your polling station. If you opted to vote by post, this information is provided in your ballot pack.

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How do I vote by post?
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You will need to apply by completing an application form that can downloaded from the right. Visit the postal vote page for more information.

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Where can I find a list of the Cherwell polling stations?
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A list will be available on our website at election time.

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I am unable to get to the polling station on election day?
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There are two options available to you. You can apply for a postal vote or you can nominate another person to vote on your behalf (this is known as a proxy vote).

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I've been made a proxy for someone. What do I need to do?
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It's very simple to vote as someone's proxy. You will be sent a special proxy poll card with details of where you should go to vote.

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What are the polling hours for the next elections?
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Polling hours are between 7 am - 10 pm for the next election.

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Who can apply for a proxy vote?
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You can only apply for a proxy vote if you have a specific reason such as a disability or employment.

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Why haven't I received my poll card?
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You can still vote even if you do not have a poll card, as long as you are on the electoral register.

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A relative/friend has been suddenly incapacitated/taken ill. Can I vote on their behalf?
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You can apply to vote by emergency proxy for medical reasons up until 5 pm on polling day.

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How do I find out where my polling station is?
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Your polling station's location will be on the poll card that will be delivered to you before polling day. Alternatively, contact your local elections office to find out.

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How do I get a proxy vote?
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You will need to complete and sign an application form.

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How secure is a postal vote?
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It is an offence to complete a postal vote that is not your own, and to influence how others complete their postal vote. The signature and date of birth information is used to verify returned postal ballot packs. If you have any allegations of fraud, they should be referred to the police.

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I will be overseas temporarily on the day of the elections. How can I vote?
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If you are overseas on election day, you can apply to vote either by post or by proxy (to have someone else to vote for you). Please go to the postal or proxy vote pages for more information.

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I've lost my postal ballot paper. What do I do?
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You can get a replacement ballot paper by contacting the elections office. Please see the contact details to the right.

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When can I register to vote?
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Most people register between September and November every year when we deliver a registration form to your home. This is known as the 'annual canvass'. However, you can also register throughout the year as the register is updated every month. This is useful if you move home and need to register at your new address. .

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Who can apply for a postal vote?
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Anyone who is registered to vote.

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Who can register to vote?
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You can register to vote if:

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Why do I need to give my date of birth and signature to get a postal or proxy vote?
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The Electoral Administration Act 2006 introduced new measures to improve the security of postal and proxy votes.

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I am concerned about my name appearing on the electoral roll, can I register anonymously?
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The Electoral Administration Act 2006 introduces the ability to register anonymously.

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