General Election 2017

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I will stand as the Conservative candidate for Sevenoaks in the forthcoming election. It is important that you understand how you can vote in order to have your say.

Here is some useful information about the upcoming general election on 8 June 2017.

Voters living in the UK

If you are not registered to vote, you will need to register to vote by Monday 22 May to vote at the UK general election.

In England, you can register to vote at gov.uk/register-to-vote.

Telephone: 01732 227000

Email: elreg@sevenoaks.gov.uk

Vote in person

You’ll receive a poll card at the address where you’re registered, which will tell you where to vote. Don’t worry if you lose it, you don’t need it to vote – the card is for information purposes only and you can contact Sevenoaks Electoral Services on 01732 227000 to find out where your polling station is.

Vote by post or by proxy

You must be registered to vote before applying for a postal or proxy vote.

If you’re travelling, or unable to get to your polling station on 8 June there are other options. You can apply for a postal vote or a proxy vote (where someone you trust votes on your behalf). You can ask anyone to act as your proxy – as long as they’re registered to vote and they’re eligible to vote in the General Election.

If you would like to apply to vote by post your application must reach us by 5pm on Tuesday 23 May.

Postal votes are scheduled to be posted to residents between Wednesday 24 and Friday 26 May.

If you would like to apply to vote by proxy your application must reach us by 5pm on Wednesday 31 May.

If you need a postal or proxy vote, go to Your Vote Matters to download a form.

If you would prefer a paper application please contact Electoral Services on 01732 227000.

Who can vote?

To vote at the UK general election you must be registered to vote and:

  • 18 years of age or over on polling day
  • be a British, Irish or qualifying Commonwealth citizen
  • be resident at an address in the UK (or a UK citizen living abroad who has been registered to vote in the UK in the last 15 years)
  • not be legally excluded from voting

The following cannot vote in a UK Parliament election:

  • members of the House of Lords
  • EU citizens (other than UK, Republic of Ireland, Cyprus and Malta) resident in the UK
  • anyone other than British, Irish and qualifying Commonwealth citizens
  • convicted persons detained in pursuance of their sentences, excluding contempt of court (though remand prisoners, unconvicted prisoners and civil prisoners can vote if they are on the electoral register)
  • anyone found guilty within the previous five years of corrupt or illegal practices in connection with an election.

How to vote

The UK general election uses the First Past The Post system.

You will receive one ballot paper.

You should mark an ‘X’ against the one candidate you want to elect to represent your constituency.

When votes are counted, the candidate who receives the most votes is elected as MP for your constituency.