Who can vote and how?

Who can vote?

You can only vote at elections if you are on the Register of Electors.

Where to vote

When an election is held in the borough, each ward has a number of polling stations allocated to enable voters to cast their vote in person.

You will be sent a poll card that contains information about the election several weeks before polling day.  Your poll card will tell you the type of election being held, the date of the election, the hours of polling and the address of your polling station.

If you do not receive a poll card, or are not clear as to where your polling station is located, you can either contact us before close of poll on election day or you can look up the location of your polling station via the My Epsom & Ewell section of our website.

If you have registered to vote by post or proxy, you will also receive information before polling day confirming that you will be voting by post or proxy at that election.

Parliamentary Elections

The Epsom & Ewell parliamentary constituency consists of the whole of the borough of Epsom & Ewell plus the Ashtead wards from Mole Valley District Council and the Nork and Tattenhams wards from Reigate & Banstead Borough Council.

If you are a resident of either the Mole Valley or Reigate & Banstead wards and you have not received a poll card you must contact your local council directly to check if you are registered. Although the Returning Officer for the parliamentary constituency is located at Epsom & Ewell Borough Council, the registration of voters remains the responsibility of your local council.
 

Epsom & Ewell Borough Council
Electoral Services
Telephone: 01372 732152
email: electoralservices@epsom-ewell.gov.uk

Mole Valley District Council
Electoral Services
Telephone: 01306 879198
email: electoral.registration@molevalley.gov.uk

Reigate & Banstead Borough Council
Electoral Services
Telephone: 01737 276440
email: elreg@reigate-banstead.gov.uk

When to vote

To find out when the elections are happening in Epsom and Ewell, please view our election timetable.

Postal and Proxy voting

If you find it difficult to get to your local polling station to vote in person on election day, you may find it easier to have an absent vote.  Anyone on the register can have an absent vote; this can be either a postal vote or you can appoint someone else, a proxy, to vote on your behalf.

If you would like to register to have a postal vote or appoint a proxy to vote on your behalf at a particular election then email electoralservices@epsom-ewell.gov.uk, or call us on 01372 732000 for a form, or download and print off a form below:

If you need to apply for an indefinite proxy vote please contact electoral services for a form.

Completed application forms should then be sent to the Electoral Registration Officer, Town Hall, The Parade, Epsom, Surrey, KT18 5BY or scanned copies maybe e-mailed to electoralservices@epsom-ewell.gov.uk

Election time

The closing date for receipt of new applications and for changes to, or cancellation of, existing absent voters appointments (postal and proxy) is 5pm, 11 working days before polling day.

The closing date for receipt of new proxy vote applications is 5pm, 6 working days before polling day. The only exception to this rule is for voters who are unable to vote in person due to unforeseen illness, incapacity or because of their employment/occupation and who have missed the earlier deadline. They may apply for an emergency proxy up until 5pm on polling day. Emergency application forms which must be attested by a suitably qualified person and are available from the Electoral Registration Officer at the town hall as above.

Deadlines for County Council Elections – 4 May 2017


If you are not able to vote in person on 4 May you can either have a postal vote or appoint a proxy to vote on your behalf.

 

  • The deadline for postal vote applications is by no later than 5pm, Tuesday, 18 April
  • The deadline to appoint a proxy is by no later than 5pm, Tuesday, 18 April
  • The deadline to appoint an emergency proxy is by no later than 5pm, Thursday, 4 May

Postal votes will be sent out by 1st class post on 20 April and we expect them to arrive by 25 April so if anyone is going on holiday before or close to that date they may prefer to appoint a proxy.
 


Once you have registered as a postal or proxy voter you will be sent a letter of confirmation of your registration. When an election is called you will also get a communication from the Returning Officer to remind you how you have chosen to vote at the election. This communication may be in the format of a traditional poll card or it may be a letter and it will give you the option to change your mind about having a postal or proxy vote. It will tell you the deadline for cancelling or changing your absent vote registration (see above).

Please note postal votes are due to be posted out 1st class post one or two days after the last date to register. If you are going away before or close to this date you need to decide if a postal vote is the best option. Otherwise you may prefer appointing a proxy to vote on your behalf. 

Need more help?

If you need more advice, please contact electoral services at the Town Hall, The Parade, Epsom Surrey, KT18 5BY Tel: 01372 732120 or 732152 or email: electoralservices@epsom-ewell.gov.uk