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How to vote

You can vote in an election by going to your nominated polling place, requesting a postal post or nominating a proxy.

Vote in person

We'll send you a polling card if you are registered and eligible to vote in an election. You should get this three or four weeks before the election. Let us know if you think you're registered but don't receive a polling card.

Your polling card will tell you where and when you can vote. You're allocated a polling place based on where you live in Dumfries and Galloway.

View a list of polling places

You must be registered to vote by midnight on Monday 17 April in order to vote in the council elections on Thursday 4 May.

Vote by post

Apply to vote by post if you're registered to vote but can't get to the polling station on election day.

Apply for a postal vote

You must apply for a postal vote for the council elections on Thursday 4 May by 5pm on Tuesday 18 April.

Your postal vote application can be for a particular election, a limited period of time or until further notice. Email ier@dumgal.gov.uk or call 01387 260627 to cancel your postal vote.

You'll receive a voting pack with full instructions before the election if you're registered for a postal vote. Postal voting packs can be sent to addresses in the UK and overseas but they can't be sent any earlier than 10 days before the election. It might be better to appoint a proxy to vote on your behalf if you live overseas.

Vote by proxy

Anyone who is registered can apply for a proxy vote (someone to vote for you).

Apply for a proxy vote

You must apply for a postal vote for the council elections on Thursday 4 May by 5pm on Tuesday 25 April.

The person you wish to appoint as your proxy can only act as proxy if they are registered and eligible to vote. A person cannot be a proxy for more than two people at any one election or referendum, unless they are a close relative.

When you apply for a proxy vote you must provide a reason. You can choose to vote by proxy if you:

  • are on holiday/working abroad when the election takes place
  • have a physical condition that means you can't go to the polling station
  • are working during all hours of voting
  • are studying away from home
  • have moved house since registering and can't go to your old polling station
  • are a British citizen living overseas
  • are a crown servant or a member of Her Majesty's Armed Forces

Your proxy will be sent a poll card and will need to attend the polling station on election day unless they have chosen to vote for you by post.

Page last updated: 29/03/17