Make Sure Your Voice Is Heard: Register To Vote

Don't miss out on your chance to have your say on how your Swindon is run. In order to vote in the 2016 Local Elections, you must make sure you're registered.

The deadline to register to vote in this election is Monday 18th April; registering only takes a few minutes so make sure you do it today.

How to register


You can use the website to register quickly and easily online. You can use this website to register for the first time, to update your details, or to change your preferences about how you vote. Registering only takes around 5 minutes and all you need is your National Insurance Number.

Register to Vote Online

By Telephone

You can register over the phone with Swindon Borough Council by calling: 01793 445500. You will need your National Insurance Number on hand when you call.

Ways to Vote

In Person

Most people will cast their votes in person at a local polling station. You will receive a polling card through the post telling you which polling station you should go to on the 5th May. You don't need to take your polling card with you, so if you lose it you can still vote.

Postal Vote

Anyone can choose to register for a postal vote. You can choose this when you register to vote, and you can opt to do so at a later date using the onine form or phone number above.

You will be sent all ballot papers to your home address, where you can fill them out and return them in the prepaid envelopes provided. This is useful if you believe you won't be able to get to a polling station on the 5th May but don't want to miss out on your chance to vote.

If you delay and you're too late to send your ballot papers back by post, you can still hand-deliver your postal vote to Swindon Borough Council or to your nearest polling station.

Proxy Vote

A proxy vote means nominating a person you trust to cast your vote for you. You can apply for a proxy vote in advance if an illness or disability means that you are not able to travel to the polling station yourself. You can also apply for an emergency proxy vote up to 6 days before the 5th May if you are unexpectedly going to be away on polling day or if work commitments will prevent you from voting.

To find our more about registering to proxy vote please follow this link.