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Register and how to vote

You can register to vote if you are:

  • 16 years old or over (you can only vote once you are 18)
  • a qualifying Commonwealth citizen resident in the UK
  • an EU citizen resident in the UK
  • A qualifying Commonwealth citizen is someone who has leave to enter or remain in the UK, or does not require such leave.

For details on registering as a service voter or overseas elector, please visit the Electoral Commission website.

Register to vote

How you can vote

Vote by post

If you are registered to vote, you can Icon for pdf vote by post [97.57KB] (The deadline to register for a postal vote for the 6 May elections is 5pm on 20 April 2021). You must fill out your postal vote application by hand as we require an 'actual' signature and not a digital signature. If you do not have printing facilities please email us at voting@wiltshire.gov.uk to request a hard copy to be sent to you via post.

You can return your completed postal vote application to us via email voting@wiltshire.gov.uk or via post: Electoral Services, County Hall, Bythesea Road, Trowbridge, Wiltshire, BA14 8JN

Vote in person at the polling station

If you are registered to vote, a poll card will be sent to you a few days before the election. Your card tells you where your polling station is and when it will be open. You do not need your poll card to vote although it will help the staff at the polling station if you bring it with you.

You will be allocated to a polling station. If you would like to find out where your usual polling station is, please contact the Electoral Services team on 0300 456 0112.

Please visit GOV.UK for more information about how to vote in person.

Ask someone to vote by proxy on your behalf

If you are registered to vote, you can ask someone to vote on your behalf, this is a called a proxy vote. See more information about proxy voting at the Electoral Commission website.

Emergency proxy voting

You may be able to apply for an emergency proxy vote for employment or medical reasons. To qualify, you will have only been made aware of the circumstances after 5pm six working days before the polling day. You can apply from this time and up to 5pm on polling day itself.

To apply, you must be registered and your appointed proxy must meet the following criteria:

  • Registered to vote
  • Eligible to vote in this particular type of poll
  • Cannot act on behalf of more than two people at any one election, unless they are a close relative

To apply for an emergency proxy please contact the Electoral Services Team on 0300 456 0112 or download the emergency proxy application. If you are applying for a postal or proxy vote during an election timetable which is already running, specific deadline dates will apply.

Frequently asked questions

The electoral register explained

Contact us


Electoral Services
Wiltshire Council
County Hall
Bythesea Road
BA14 8JN




0300 456 0112