Your guide to the Electoral Registration process including online registration, postal voting, and proxy voting plus an explanation of the voting process.

To vote in elections you must be registered on the Register of Electors for where you live.

Remember, you are only entitled to vote if your name is included in the electoral register for your area.

Please note, if you're already registered to vote you do not need to re-register. It is only if you have moved house since you last voted that you will need to re-register. 

To register you must be:

  • aged 18 or over (but you can apply to register from age 16)
  • a British citizen, citizen of the Republic of Ireland, citizen of another European Union country or a qualifying Commonwealth citizen
  • resident in the area
  • read more about individual electoral registration

How to vote

There are three ways:

1. Voting in person at a polling station:

  • if you are registered to vote, a poll card will be sent to you stating where you should vote, and when the polling station will be open
  • if don't receive a polling card, don't worry - you can still vote
  • to find out which polling station you need to go to contact the Electoral Services department
  • more about voting in person

2. Postal voting:

If you prefer not to vote in person you can apply for a postal vote; the quickest and easiest way is to complete your application online at APPLY FOR A POSTAL VOTE or to request a paper application form please call 01302 736874 or email or you can download an application form: Postal Vote application form please print, complete and return forms to ELECTORAL SERVICES, CIVIC OFFICE, WATERDALE, DONCASTER DN1 3BU or we can accept a scanned copy by email to but it must be clear enough for us to use.

Postal Vote Application
Download (217KB - PDF)

3. Proxy voting

  • under certain circumstances you can appoint someone to vote on your behalf
  • you will normally need to provide evidence of your entitlement for a proxy vote
  • complete the application form below and return to or
    Doncaster Metropolitan Borough Council
    Electoral Registration Officer
    Legal and Democratic Services
    Civic Building
    DN1 3BU
  • more about proxy voting 
Proxy - Particular Election or Referendum
Download (147KB - PDF)

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Last updated: 05 April 2024 13:32:44

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