How do I Vote

UK Parliamentary General Election - 12 December 2019

Eligible to Vote?

To be eligible to vote, you must be:

  • 18 or over on 12 December 2019;
  • British or qualifying Commonwealth citizens (this means Commonwealth citizens who have leave to remain in the UK or do not require such leave; or
  • A citizen of the Republic of Ireland.

If you have any questions with regard to eligibility, please contact:

The Electoral Registration Officer
42 Point Street
Stornoway
Isle of Lewis
HS1 2XF
Tel:  01851 706262
Fax:  01851 706843
E-mail:  assessor@highland.gov.uk

To vote in the elections, you must be registered by Tuesday 26 November 2019.  You can Register Now (Opens in a new window or downloads a file)
Alternatively, contact your local Electoral Registration Officer.

Deadlines for Registering to Vote on 12 December 2019 
Action Deadline
Registering to Vote Tuesday 26 November 2019
New Postal Vote Applications and Changes to Existing Postal Votes 5.00pm on Tuesday 26 November 2019
New Applications to Vote by Proxy 5.00pm on Wednesday 4 December 2019
Emergency Proxy Applications 5.00pm on Thursday 12 December 2019

Poll Cards

If your name is on the register of electors, you are aged 18 or over and you are eligible to vote in the above election, you will receive a poll card. This will tell you where your Polling Station is and when it is open.

The card is for information only. Do not worry if you lose the card as you can still vote without it but it will make it easier if you take it to the Polling Station and show it to the Presiding Officer/Polling Clerk. If however, you do not receive a poll card, this could mean that you are registered at an old address or are not included on the register and you should contact the Electoral Registration Officer. If you are on the list of Absent Voters you will receive a postal voters' poll card. Poll Cards will be issued by 20 November 2019.

How do I Vote?

  1. in person at a polling place
  2. by post, or
  3. by proxy, if you meet the requirements

Voting in Person

To vote in person you should go to the Polling Station listed on your Poll Card. 

Polling Station List

Polling Stations (inc. photos) (9.6MB) (Opens in a new window or downloads a file)

Voting by Post

Anyone can vote by post. You can apply for a postal vote for a particular Election, for a set period of time or for all future Elections. To apply for a postal vote you should contact the Electoral Registration Officer or you can download a Postal Vote Application Form (250.3kB) (Opens in a new window or downloads a file). Applications to vote by post, or to cancel or alter existing postal votes/proxy votes must reach the Electoral Registration Officer by 5.00pm on Tuesday 26 November 2019.

Personal Identifiers for Postal Voting

If you have applied for a new postal vote for these elections or if you already have a postal vote or a postal proxy you will have been asked by the Electoral Registration Officer to supply your date of birth and signature (in the case of a postal proxy you will have also been asked to supply the date of birth and signature of the person whom you have appointed as your proxy). These are called Personal Identifiers.

You will receive a Postal Voting Statement with your ballot paper and you will be requested to complete your date of birth and signature prior to returning it with your ballot paper unless you have requested a ‘waiver’ (if you are unable to provide a signature then you may request the Electoral Registration Officer to waive this requirement). Further information on applying for a "waiver" can be obtained from the Electoral Registration Officer.

All Returning Officers are now required to check Personal Identifiers on Postal Voting Statements returned and compare them with those previously supplied on your postal voting application.

Voting by Proxy

Voting by proxy means someone else votes on your behalf.  You can apply for a proxy vote for a particular election, for a set period of time or for all future elections.  Anyone can be your proxy as long as they are eligible to vote in the election and they are willing to vote on your behalf. 

You have to provide a reason for needing a proxy vote.  For example, maybe you can't get to the polling station on Election Day because:

  • You are going to be away on holiday
  • You have a physical condition that prevents you from getting to the polling place
  • The kind of work you do means you can not get to the polling place
  • You have to attend an educational course
  • You are a British citizen living overseas
  • You are a Crown Servant or a member of Her Majesty's Armed Forces

To apply for a proxy vote you should contact the Electoral Registration Officer or you can download a Proxy Vote Application Form (169.0kB).  (Further information (Opens in a new window or downloads a file).) 

The deadline for changes to existing proxy votes is 5.00pm on Tuesday 26 November 2019. New applications to vote by proxy must reach the Electoral Registration Officer by 5.00pm, Wednesday 4 December 2019 and emergency proxy applications by 5.00pm, Thursday 12 December 2019.