Are you General Election ready?

With the General Election fast approaching, there is less than 6 weeks for residents to secure their vote.

The election will take place on Thursday 12 December 2019 and those who wish to have their say must be registered to vote by midnight on Tuesday 26 November.

Anyone who confirmed their details recently during the annual canvass will be registered to vote and therefore there is no need to re-register. However, if your home address has changed in the last few weeks you will need to re-register at your new property.

Joanna Swift, Acting Returning Officer for both Chiltern and South Bucks District Councils said: "There is a great deal of interest in the General Election and we want to make sure that everyone who is eligible to take part, is able to do so. If you're not registered, you won't be able to vote. The online registration service at www.gov.uk/registertovote is very easy to use and only takes a few minutes to complete, just make sure you have your National Insurance number to hand.

"If you're likely to be away on the day and will be unable to get to you polling station there is still time to arrange a postal or proxy vote but please don't leave this until the last minute.

"If you are unsure whether or not you are already registered or have other concerns, please give the Elections team a call on 01494 732014 or email elections@chilternandsouthbucks.gov.uk."

Who can vote?

To vote in a General Election you must:

·        be registered to vote

·        be 18 or over on the day of the election ('polling day')

·        be a British, Irish or qualifying Commonwealth citizen

·        be resident at an address in the UK (or a British citizen living abroad who has been registered to vote in the UK in the last 15 years)

·        not be legally excluded from voting


Residents who are unable to get to a polling station on 12 December can apply to vote by post or proxy. Application forms can be downloaded from our Elections pages.

The deadline for postal vote applications is 5pm on Tuesday 26 November and 5pm Wednesday 4 December for proxy voting applications.

For further information please contact:
The Chiltern and South Bucks joint Election team on 01494 732014 or email elections@chilternandsouthbucks.gov.uk