Your Vote

There are Borough Council and Parish Elections scheduled for Thursday 5 May 2022. We want to make sure everybody is registered and can vote safely.

Key information about your vote

How do I register to vote?

  1. Go to Register to vote on the GOV.UK website
  2. Fill in your name, address, date of birth and a few other details. You’ll also need your national insurance number, which can be found on your national insurance card, or in official paperwork such as payslips, or letters about benefits or tax credits.
  3. You will receive a letter from Milton Keynes Council to confirm that you are registered or if you need to provide further information.

To find out more visit Your Vote Matters information provided by Gov.UK 

How do I vote by post?

You can choose to vote by post rather than going to your polling station.  To apply for a postal vote you need to download and complete the register to vote by post form and return it to the Milton Keynes Election office. It can also be scanned and e-mailed to

Electoral Registration, Milton Keynes Council
Civic Offices, 1 Saxon Gate East
Central Milton Keynes

Postal ballot papers will be sent out about 10 days before polling day. The Royal Mail treats postal votes as a priority.

Along with the instructions on how to return the postal vote is a statement on which you have to provide your date of birth and your signature. These will be compared with those you have already provided. This has to be returned to us, with the ballot paper, by the close of poll on election day.  A new form will be sent to you every five years for you to update your signature and confirm you want to continue voting by post.

If you change your name or signature after you have completed an application form please contact us so that we can send you a new form to update our records.

If you do not return your postal vote in time you can hand it in at your the polling station on election day polling stations are open until 10pm.

How do I vote by proxy?

Proxy voting is when someone votes on your behalf if you cannot vote in person. You can vote by Proxy;

  • for a single election on a specific date
  • for specific period
  • permanently

You can only apply for a proxy vote under certain circumstances, including:

  • being away on polling day
  • having a medical issue or disability
  • not being able to vote in person because of work or military service

You need to give the reason why you’re applying for a proxy vote.

In most cases, you need someone to sign your application form to confirm your reasons for wanting a proxy vote. The application form will tell you who needs to sign it.

If you would like someone to vote on your behalf, you can download a proxy vote application form from the Gov.UK vote by proxy page There are different forms, depending on why you can’t get to the polling station. Make sure you complete the right one, or by downloading the proxy vote form in the documents section of this web page. If the application is for a particular election then you will need to complete the form every time there is an election, return the completed form to: or post to;

Electoral Registration, Milton Keynes Council
Civic Offices, 1 Saxon Gate East
Central Milton Keynes

If you want to vote by proxy for an indefinite period, for example if you work away a lot, then the form will need to provide evidence of the reason for wanting the proxy vote. The application can be scanned and e-mailed to

Do I need my polling card to vote at the polling station

No you do not need your polling card to vote at the polling station, they are usually posted out in batches a couple of weeks before the election, as long as you are registered to vote at your current address you can go to your polling station and cast your vote. You will need to confirm/give name and address details to the staff in the polling station who will then issue you with an official ballot paper.

How old do I need to be?

You have to be 18 years old in order to vote. If you are 16 or 17 years old you can register, but need to include your date of birth. You will be able to vote in elections as soon as you turn 18.

Who can vote?

In order to register to vote you need to be a British or Commonwealth citizen, or a citizen of the Republic of Ireland. If you are a citizen of a European Union country, other than Britain or Ireland, you can register to vote for local government and European Parliamentary elections only. Citizens of any other countries are not eligible to register. A list of eligible countries is in the related article on this page.

If you are in the armed forces you can register at home and have a postal vote or a proxy vote.

Residents of mental hospitals (unless detained under the Mental Health Act), homeless people and remand prisoners can register using a declaration of local connection. Convicted prisoners are not eligible to vote.

Keeping your vote if moving abroad

If you are a British citizen and you are thinking of living or working abroad, you may still be able to register to vote at Parliamentary elections at your last address in the UK. Your right to vote in this country's elections can last for up to 15 years. At the time of an election you can choose to vote by post or proxy. To find out more go to How to Vote 

Help And Advice

If you need help or advice you can contact the Electoral Registration Office using the details in the Contact area.

Key information about your vote

You do not need your polling card to vote at the polling station.

As long as you’re registered to vote at your current address you’ll receive a poll card a few weeks before an election. They’re usually posted out in batches, so cards for different voters at the same address might arrive at different times.

The poll card will tell you how, where and when to vote. It’s for information only and you don’t need to have it with you at the polling station to vote, so don't worry if you lose it or forget it. (You can still vote as long as you’re registered).

You’ll vote at a polling station near your home, for example at a local school or village hall. Each polling station will have a clear sign outside. On election day polling stations are open from 7am - 10pm.

When you arrive, you’ll need to confirm your name and address to the staff at the polling station, and they’ll give you a ballot paper stamped with an official mark. The ballot paper will say how many candidates you can vote for (in some local elections you may have more than one vote so please read these instructions carefully). 

Take the ballot paper to one of the polling booths and put a cross in the box next to the name of the candidate(s) you want to support. Do not write anything else on the ballot paper, otherwise your vote might not count. Once you’ve voted, fold the ballot paper over so your choice can’t be seen and put it in the locked ballot box. Staff at the polling station will make sure that only votes are put into the box. You don't have to tell anyone who you voted for.

Last Updated: 2 February 2022