How to vote

Voting by post

If you will be away on polling day, at work or on holiday, are physically unable or just don't have the time to get to a polling station to vote in person, you can still exercise your democratic right to vote. You may have moved house since the electoral register was drawn up and have not yet joined the register at your new address.

Every single vote is vital so and everyone is entitled to a postal vote. Don't forget to register for yours. Anyone can request instead of going to a polling station if you are registered already to vote, and you can do this through the about my vote website or by downloading the form using the link at the bottom of this page. 

Return your postal vote application form to:

Electoral Services
Slough Borough Council
St Martins Place
51 Bath Road

You will receive your ballot paper by post two weeks before the day of the election. You can then send your vote back in the post or if you are around on polling day you can also deliver it by hand to your polling station - but either way for your vote to count you need to ensure that you return your ballot paper by 10pm on election day.

Voting by proxy

A proxy vote means that you appoint someone to vote on your behalf if you are unable to get to the polling station on Election Day, providing you appear on the electoral register. This may be because you are on holiday or in hospital.

If you want a proxy vote for a set period of time for all future elections, you must have one of the following reasons:

  • you are a registered as a service voter
  • you are registered as an overseas elector
  • you have a physical disability
  • you are away from home due to your job or you are on a course
  • you have to travel by air or sea to get to your polling station.

In all the above cases, except if you are registered blind, someone has to certify on your application that the reason is valid. This could be, for example, your employer or doctor.

You can download an application for a proxy vote either from the Slough Borough Council website or by using the link at the bottom of this page.

Return your proxy vote application form to:

Electoral Services
Slough Borough Council
St Martins Place
51 Bath Road

Making sure you are registered to vote

The electoral register is a list of the names and addresses of everyone who is entitled to vote within the borough of Slough - you can register to vote on line by following this link.

Why should I register?

  • The information is required by law.
  • If you are not registered, you cannot vote in elections.
  • You may find it difficult to get credit, loans, a mortgage or bank account as the register is used by credit reference agencies.

Can anyone register to vote?

  • You must be resident in the electoral area.
  • You must be a British, Irish, Commonwealth citizen or citizen of a European Union country. 
    (For a full list of Commonwealth and British Dependent Territories with full voting rights in the UK, please see eligible countries below).
  • You must be 18 or over, or must attain the age of 18 during the life of the registering period.
  • You must not be subject to any legal incapacity to vote.



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Postal Vote Application Form 102.24 KB
Proxy Vote Application Form 38.79 KB