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Guide to voting

Last updated on: 25-Nov-2020

3. Voting FAQs

Do I need my poll card to vote?

You don't need your poll card to vote, so don't panic if you can't find it or you've lost it come on polling day, but if you do have it bring it along with you as it speeds up the process in the polling station.

What happens if I didn't get a poll card or I've lost it?

Again if this happens it's not a big issue you'll just need to come along to the polling station and give your name and address.

Who are my local candidates?

In the lead up to an election, which is every four years in Gravesham, the candidates will be shown on this website in the 'Notice of Poll' which is a list of the people/parties who are standing and their details. You'll find this information, in the lead up to the next election on our Next Election page.

How do I register to vote?

You can register to vote at any time but as we approach an election it will need to be before the deadline set for the election. You can find out more on our Register to Vote page.

Where's my polling station?

Everyone in the borough will be allocated a polling station near to their home. Your poll card will tell you where this is.

What happens if I don't vote?

If you don't vote nothing will happen, it just means you haven't used your opportunity to have a say and get your voice heard.

What time does the poll station open?

Polling stations are usually open from 7am to 10pm.

How do I become a councillor?

If you want to stand as a councillor in Gravesham you need to be:

  • At least 18 years old – there is no maximum age limit
  • Registered as a local government elector in the borough of Gravesham; or have lived or had your principal place of work in the borough for 12 months before standing; or have been an owner or tenant of any land or premises in the borough for at least 12 months before standing

You do not need any formal qualifications to stand as a councillor, but you cannot stand if you work for your local council and other reasons including being bankrupt or having been convicted and served a prison sentence. If you're still interested and would like to know more please go the Electoral Commission website where you will find lots of information for candidates.

What's the open register?

The open register is an extract of the electoral register but it is not used for elections. It can be bought by any person, company or organisation. For example, it is used by businesses and charities to confirm name and address details. You'll need to opt out of it if you don't want your details passed to a third party.

Who can vote?

British, Irish, and qualifying Commonwealth citizens who are living in the UK can vote in all elections providing they are registered to do so.  European citizens living in the UK can also vote in European Parliamentary Elections.

When are the votes counted?

Counting of the votes usually takes place straight after the polling stations close at 10pm and continue through the night. On some occasions, the count will take place the following day - this tends to be a Friday.

When and where are election results announced?

Results are usually announced by the Returning Officer at the count venue. In Gravesham this is usually in The Woodville. Results are also published on this website. We also tweet results and where possible live stream the results and reaction on YouTube. The formal notices of the results are published online and placed outside the Civic Centre when the count has finished.

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