Borough Insight

General election - here we go again!

Just in case you have missed it (!), a general election will be taking place on the 12 December.

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Pictured above: Kathryn Beldon, Acting Returning Officer and Chief Executive, Epsom & Ewell Borough Council received the writ of election on Thursday 7 November, which is the formal notification for us to hold the poll for the General Election in this constituency.

We'll be highlighting the candidates for the Epsom and Ewell Constituency on our website on 15 November and on the borough's community notice boards. Under electoral law, we are unable to highlight or signpost to the candidates' campaigns (candidate's aspirations must be promoted by the candidate and their teams themselves).  Vote

To vote, you need to be included on the electoral register. If you are already on the register, you will receive your poll card in the post before the end of November.

Details of your polling station will appear on you poll card - be aware, this may be in a different location from the polling station you usually use.

If you can't get to the polling station on the day, you can still vote.

Voting by post is a possible option or you may be able to vote by proxy (this is when someone casts your vote for you -  you can ask anyone to act as your proxy; as long as they’re registered to vote and they’re allowed to vote in the election).

Formal dates for the run-up to the December election have now been confirmed, so if you intend to vote and are not registered or you wish to vote by post or by vote by poxy for the first time you need to take action as soon as possible - see https://www.gov.uk/register-to-vote for more information.

  • Deadline to register to vote - 26 November. Voterregistrationonline

  • Deadline for receiving new postal vote applications and for changes to existing postal votes  - 26 November (5pm)

  • Deadline for receiving new applications to vote by proxy (not postal proxy or emergency proxies) - 4 December (5pm)

To vote at the 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:

  • EU citizens (other than UK, Republic of Ireland, Cyprus and Malta) resident in the UK
  • anyone other than British, Irish and qualifying Commonwealth citizens
  • members of the House of Lords
  • 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

The national media will be full of the overall result in the days following the election. We will update our website as soon as the count is verified for this constituency– this is planned for Friday (13 December).

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