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12 April 2019

Local elections deadlines coming up

Local elections are taking place in Brighton & Hove on Thursday 2 May 2019. Make sure you prepare ahead so you meet the deadlines to register to vote and to apply for any postal or proxy votes if you are unable to get to your polling station. 

Register to vote by 12 April

Most adults who live in the city, including EU and Commonwealth citizens, are eligible to vote in these local elections, but you must be registered by Friday 12 April.

If you are not already registered to vote, you can register online on GOV.UK. Follow the prompts to give your name, address, date of birth and a few other details. You will need your National Insurance Number which can be found on your payslip or letters about benefits or tax.

You can vote in the Brighton & Hove City Council elections if you are:

  • registered to vote 
  • a resident in Brighton & Hove
  • 18 or over on 2 May (although you can register from 16)
  • a UK, Irish, Commonwealth or European Union citizen

Double check on the Your Vote Matters website if you are not sure.  

Plan ahead if you won't be able to get to your polling station

If you know that you will be unable to get to your polling station on 2 May, you will need to apply for a postal or proxy vote in advance. Find out more about postal and proxy votes.

Apply for a postal vote by 15 April

To apply to vote by post you need to download, complete, print and sign a form, then and send it back to our Elections team by Monday 15 April.

If you applied for a postal vote before 31 March your postal voting pack should arrive in the next few days. Anyone who applies up until the local election application deadline of 15 April will get theirs next week.  

Apply for a proxy vote by 24 April

If you aren't able to cast your vote in person, you can apply for a proxy vote to have someone you trust cast your vote for you. You will need to complete a form and return it to our Elections team by Wednesday 24 April.

Key deadlines

  • Thursday 4 April: List of candidates published  
  • Friday 12 April: Last day to register to vote
  • Monday 15 April (5pm): Last day for us to receive your postal vote application
  • Wednesday 24 April (5pm): Last day for us to receive your proxy vote application
  • Thursday 2 May: Election day

Find out more

For more information about the local election, how to register to vote, applying for a postal or proxy vote, please go to the elections pages on our website.

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Who can register to vote?

Most adults who live in the city, including EU and Commonwealth citizens are eligible to vote in the upcoming local election, but you must be registered by Friday 12 April.