Electoral registration

Q: I’ve moved addresses in Wolverhampton/out of the area


A: You can re-register online and input your previous address during the process.

Q: I want to change my name on the register


A: The elections team will need to see a copy of either a deed poll/marriage certificate/overseas marriage certificate/amended birth certificate. They will accept copies of these by post or emailed to the main inbox: Electoral.reg@wolverhampton.gov.uk

Q: I’ve changed my nationality


A: The elections team will need to see a copy of a passport or certificate of naturalisation. They will accept copies of these by post or emailed to the main inbox: Electoral.reg@wolverhampton.gov.uk

Voting at an election

Q. Can I vote in this election?

A. All verified electors who registered before the registration deadline can vote in that election. For more information please visit – Elections and Voting.

Q. Can I vote online?

A. No, you can only vote at the polling station, via post or your appointed proxy can vote at the polling station on your behalf.

Q. Can I vote for someone else?

A. You can only vote on someone’s behalf if you have been appointed as their proxy. You must be a registered elector. Voting on someone’s behalf, if you are not nominated as their proxy, is a criminal offence.

Q. I’ve not received my poll card

A. It may be the poll card is still out for delivery and has not been delivered by Royal Mail. The poll card is for information purposes only and is not required for an elector to cast their vote. To find out your polling station and elector number please contact Electoral Services

Q. Can I bring my dog/children to a polling station?

A. Yes, however dogs should be kept a leash and must not be disruptive.

Q. What time do the polling stations open?

A. Polling stations are open from 7:00am to 10:00pm on polling day.

Q. Do I need ID at the Polling Station?

A. No, you do not need ID in Wolverhampton to cast your vote.

Q. Can I use my own pen in the polling station?

A. Yes.


Voting systems

PCC and CAM Elections Voting system 

If there are only two candidates, the first past the post system is used and the candidate who polls the most votes is declared the winner.

For three or more candidates, the supplementary vote system is used. Voters can make a first and second choice. If no candidate gets more than 50% of the first choice votes, only the top two candidates go through to a second round of counting. If the first choice candidate on a ballot paper is eliminated, and the second choice is for one of the top two, then the second choice is also counted. If there is a referendum, the voter has two options to choose from. 

Local Elections Voting System          

These elections use the first past the post voting system. Voters cast their vote for a candidate of their choice – or candidates where more than one seat is up for election on the same ballot paper - and the candidate/s with the most votes wins. If there is a referendum, the voter has two options to choose from.

Postal Vote

Q. I want to apply for a postal vote

A. You can apply for a postal vote up until the elections deadline – For more information please visit Voting By Post.

The Elections team will accept completed applications by post, handed into the Civic Centre or emailed to the main inbox: Electoral.reg@wolverhampton.gov.uk

Q. I want to cancel my postal vote

A. You will need to complete a cancellation form. You can cancel or make changes to your postal vote up until the elections deadline

Q. Due to disability/injury I am unable to write my signature

A. The elections team can offer a waiver form. This needs to be returned to the elections team before the elections deadline.

Q. If you have not received your postal ballot or it is lost or spoilt?

A. Please contact Electoral Services. This can be reissued with a replacement postal ballot. The last day to reissue replacement postal ballots is 5pm on polling day

Q. Can I deliver my postal ballot to a polling station?

A. Yes, you can deliver your completed postal ballot paper pack to any polling station in Wolverhampton including the polling station in the Civic Centre which will be open on the polling day between 7:00 AM and 10:00 PM.

Q. Can I hand my postal ballot paper into the Civic Centre?

A. Yes, during normal working hours at main reception. 7:00 AM and 10:00 PM on polling day.


 

Proxy Vote

Q. I want to apply for a proxy vote

A. You will need to complete a proxy application form nominating someone to vote on your behalf, the proxy must be a registered elector.

For more information please visit Voting By Proxy.

The Elections team will accept completed proxy forms by post, handed into the Civic Centre or emailed to the main inbox: Electoral.reg@wolverhampton.gov.uk.

Q. Who can be my proxy/Can I be a proxy for someone?

A. A registered elector can be a proxy for no more than two people unless they are a close relative.

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