How to get a vote, a postal vote or a proxy vote

RBWM recently sent our 1,000 letters to residents warning them that they would shortly be removed from the Electoral Register. With the Clewer North Bye-Election only weeks away, here’s what you can do, to ensure you can vote effectively. Not sure where Clewer North is? Then scroll down for a map and directions


this is the first key step for all…you must make sure that you have a vote

How can you be sure that you have a vote?

What can you do if you are one of the 1,000 at risk of losing their vote or, are not sure whether you have a vote?

We spoke to RBWM’s Electoral Services Manager, Suzanne Martin AEA (Cert) who said, “Residents can enquire as to whether they are already on the electoral register by ringing the Electoral Services helpline on 01628 683868.”

“If they are not already registered, they need to make an application by midnight on Thursday 13th April to vote at the by-election. Applications need to be made online at www.gov.uk/register-to-vote.”

You can also download your copy of the forms below, and return them, by the deadline date, to Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead, Electoral Registration Officer, Town Hall, St Ives Road, Maidenhead, Berkshire, SL6 1RF

So, this is the first key step for all, to get a vote, before you can think about even getting a Postal Vote or authorise someone to vote for you, with a Proxy vote, you must make sure that you have a vote (and register before the deadline of 13 April 2017).

 

Will you be away or unable to vote on 4th May 2017? How to get a postal or proxy vote

We asked Suzanne what residents should do if they need a postal or proxy vote for example, if they were going to be on holiday on Polling Day or, perhaps in hospital.

Suzanne said, “If someone would like to vote by post or proxy, they must already be on the electoral register.“

Her advice is that postal vote and proxy applications must be completed in hard copy form; you can download your copy of the forms below, and print, hard/paper copies of them, or by going to https://www.yourvotematters.co.uk/how-do-i-vote.

Completed applications may be scanned in and emailed to electoral.registration@rbwm.gov.uk or, they can be posted to

Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead, Electoral Registration Officer, Town Hall, St Ives Road, Maidenhead, SL6 1RF

 

Voting if you have a medical or work related emergency

You can obtain a proxy vote as late as 5pm on 4th May 2017, Polling Day, if you qualify for a medical, disability, or work related emergency.

Forms need to be completed and delivered by 5pm to Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead, Electoral Registration Officer, Town Hall, St Ives Road, Maidenhead, Berkshire, SL6 1RF

You can download your copy of the relevant form below, in the next section.

 

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Download your copy of the forms here

To make it easier for you, you can click on the links below, to download the form you want;

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Deadlines & warnings

The deadline for postal voting is 5pm on Tuesday 18th April

The deadline for proxy applications is 5pm on Tuesday 25th April

And remember, the deadline to get a vote be included on the electoral register is 13 April 2017

Suzanne stresses that, “Applications must be with the Elections Office by these dates otherwise they won’t be authorised.”

Not sure what area is covered by the Clewer North Ward in Windsor?

 

Map of Clewer North Ward, Windsor. Contains OS data © Crown copyright and National Statistics data © Crown copyright

Where is Clewer North?

The Clewer North Ward in Windsor is the area between the Maidenhead Road and the Dedworth Road, from the Garden Centres up to the Windsor Relief Road – see map

Remember to vote

Remember to vote; it will be a close election that could help ordinary people get a voice on the council, to help them get what they need and, to hold councillors to account for errant decisions.