Elections

Spelthorne Borough Council Elections are held every four years, with all councillors up for election, however, there are other kinds of elections held nearly every year.

We are responsible for running UK Parliamentary, European Parliamentary, Surrey County Council and Police and Crime Commissioner Elections, as well as by-elections in this area. We are also required to administer a Referendum if one is called.

You can only vote if your name appears on the Electoral Register.  Being registered with other departments such as Council Tax does not automatically mean that you are entitled to vote.

Ways to vote

Voting in person at a polling station

The traditional way to vote in the UK is to go to your designated polling station and vote in person. If you lose the poll card or forget to take it with you to the polling station, then you can still vote, provided your name is on the register.

Voting by post

Postal voting means receiving your ballot paper in the post prior to election day. Applications can be made for a single election, for a specified period or permanently. The deadline to receive a completed application form or make changes to an existing postal vote is 5pm on the eleventh working day before an election but you can apply for one at any time.

Your application will only be accepted if you are registered under the new voting system that was introduced in June 2014.  Please check with electoral services on 01784 444218 to ensure you are eligible. If your application is successful you will be sent a confirmation letter.

Apply for a postal vote

Voting by proxy

Proxy voting means appointing someone you trust to go to your polling station and vote on your behalf. Applications for a proxy vote for a particular election cannot be made until an election has been announced and you must state a reason (ie on holiday). If you require a proxy for any other reason please contact the Elections team. The deadline to receive a completed application form or make changes to an existing postal vote is 5pm on the sixth working day before an election but you can apply for one at any time. If your application is successful you will be sent a confirmation letter.

What if I have a disability?

We provide a device called a 'selector', which enables blind or partially sighted people to vote unaided and ramps allowing easy access to polling stations. However, we review our polling stations on a regular basis to ensure that they have got access for all sections of the community. If you require assistance at the polling station please make our staff aware and they will be happy to help you. If you have any feedback on the facilities we provide please email the Elections Manager.

Power of Attorney

You cannot sign any application forms or vote in person on behalf of another elector even if you have Power of Attorney.

Where is my polling station?

You can check where your polling station is situated by entering your postcode into My Spelthorne. A poll card will be delivered to you prior to election day that will include a map of your polling station, the hours of voting and how to vote.

Future dates for elections in our area

UK Parliamentary (General) elections are held every five years with the next one scheduled for May 2022. Your current MP is Kwasi Kwarteng.

Spelthorne Borough Council elections for all ward councillors are every four years with the next one scheduled for May 2019.

Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) elections are scheduled to be held every four years with the next one scheduled for May 2020.

Surrey County Council elections are held every four years with the next one scheduled for May 2021 and will be run by us on behalf of Surrey County Council.

European Parliamentary elections are held every five years with the next one scheduled for 2019.