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).

To vote in the Kent County Council 2017 election you must:

  • be registered to vote by 13 April 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 divisions, you vote for 1 candidate and the candidate with the most votes is elected. However in nine divisions (Birchington & Rural, Deal & Walmer, Dover Town, Gravesend East, Maidstone Central, Northfleet & Gravesend West, Ramsgate, Sheppey and Tonbridge), you can vote for 2 candidates and the 2 candidates with the most votes are elected.

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.

Find out more about voting in person

You can vote by post if you are away from home on election day.

You can apply for a postal vote through your local Electoral Registrations Office. You must apply by 5pm on Thursday 18 April.

Find out more about voting by post

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.

Find out more about voting by proxy