How to vote in the 2017 election
You can vote in person at a polling station, by post, or you can get someone else to vote for you (this is called voting by proxy).
The names of the candidates standing in 2017 election will be published here on Wednesday 5 April. We will also be publishing a Statement of Persons Nominated (which details the names and addresses of candidates) for each electoral division.
To vote in the Kent County Council 2017 election you must:
- be registered to vote by 13 April 2017 at an address in Kent
- be 18 or over on the day of the election (‘polling day’)
- be a British, Commonwealth or EU citizen
- not be legally excluded from voting.
Councillors are elected using the First Past the Post system. In most areas, you vote for 1 candidate and the candidate with the most votes is elected. However in 9 areas (Birchington and Rural, Deal and Walmer, Dover Town, Gravesend East, Maidstone Central, Northfleet and Gravesend West, Ramsgate, Sheppey and Tonbridge), you can vote for 2 candidates and the 2 candidates with the most votes are elected.
The number of County Councillors has reduced from 84 to 81 following a boundary review in 2016. You can see a map of the electoral divisions (PDF, 177.0 KB) for the 2017 KCC elections.
You will be sent a poll card telling you:
- the name of the division that you are voting in
- where your polling station is
Polling stations will be open from 7am - 10pm on Thursday 4 May.
If you haven’t received a poll card by 3 April but think you should, contact your local Electoral Registration Office.
You don't need to have your poll card with you in order to vote.
You can get someone else to vote for you if, for example, you:
- are away on polling day
- have a medical issue or disability
- cannot vote in person because of work or military service.
You can apply for a proxy vote through your local Electoral Registrations Office. You must apply by 5pm on Tuesday 25 April.
In certain circumstances (most often work or health related) where you have an emergency that means you cannot go to the polling station in person, you can apply for an emergency proxy up to 5pm on 4 May.