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How to Vote

Guidance for voters of the forthcoming Local Authority election

There are two methods of voting in the Local Authority Elections; either by placing a vote at the Polling Station for your electoral district/ward, or by applying for an absent vote. Further information can be found within the 'Guidance for Voters' document which can be downloaded from the top right of this page.

There is no proxy vote in the Local Authority elections.

Where you can vote

You will be issued with a polling card prior to the Election and this will state the location of your polling station. Should you not receive a polling card or are unsure of where your polling station is, please contact the Returning Officer for your area.

What happens if your off Island

A registered voter who wishes to vote and who will be off Island on polling day (or unable/or not wishing to attend their polling station to vote) will need to fill in an application form requesting to be treated as an absent voter. 

Please contact your local authority for the deadline dates associated with applying for an absent vote.

A body of electors wants to meet all the candidates and put questions to them

A requisition meeting can be held following nomination day, provided a formal request is made in writing by registered electors to the Captain of the Parish, who will then invite all candidates to address the voters at a requisition meeting and answer their questions.

In the case of Douglas, requests for a requisition meeting would normally be directed to the Mayor (or in the case of the towns of Ramsey, Peel and Castletown; the Chairman of the Commissioners). However, should they be standing for election themselves, then another suitable person would be asked to Chair these meetings.

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