Why is it important to vote?
MPs make laws and take decisions that affect everyday life and the lives of those around you. It is important that you have somebody in government who can share your views when making decisions.
Councillors take decisions that affect the local area and represent the people of their area. When you vote in local elections you will be deciding which person will stand up for you and your area.
How do I vote?
It’s easy. Firstly you need to register to vote with your local council. You can do this online, or by post. Online, simply go to gov.uk/register-to-vote or pop into Kettering Borough Council and say you would like to register to vote. There are different processes for different people eg those in the armed forces. So to find out how you need to register and which elections you can vote in, simply go to www.gov.uk/register-to-vote
Once you are registered you can vote in one for three ways: vote in person, vote by post, or vote by proxy.
How do I vote in person?
You can vote in person on the day of the election. To do this simply turn up to your local polling station between 7am and 10pm. Your polling station is likely to be at your local community center, hall or school, but the council will let you know closer to the time.
When you get there, give them your name and address. From there you’ll be given a piece of paper with all of the candidates’ names on and you simply put a cross next to the name you want to vote for. You will be able to do this in private and no-one know who you have voted for.
Then fold your paper in half and place it in the ballot box. The staff at the polling station are on hand to help, so if you are unsure about the process, simply ask them. If there is more than one election on that day, you may be given more than one piece of paper to vote on. If that happens, the election staff will explain what to do.
For more information, go to http://www.aboutmyvote.co.uk/how-do-i-vote/voting-in-person
How can I vote by post?
If you think you won’t be able to go to your local polling station on the day of the election, you can apply for a ‘postal vote’. This means the council will send your voting paper to your house about 2 weeks before the election. You can then fill it in and post it back to them.
For more information, please go to http://www.aboutmyvote.co.uk/how-do-i-vote/voting-by-post
What is proxy voting?
If you are having trouble voting by post or in person, you can ask a trusted friend or relative to place your vote for you.
For more information on how to apply, go to: http://www.aboutmyvote.co.uk/how-do-i-vote/voting-by-proxy