This page answers some of the key questions about the general election being held on 12 December 2019.

How do I know if I'm registered to vote?

If you are registered to vote you should have received a poll card before Election Day.

You can check if you are eligible to vote in this election by contacting us on 023 9283 4074.

Which polling station do I go to?

The name and address of the polling station is printed on your poll card.

If you have lost your card, please contact us on 023 9283 4074 to find out where you should vote.

Can I vote in the general election?

To vote in a general election, you must:

  • be registered to vote
  • be 18 or over on the day of the election (‘polling day’)
  • be a British, Irish or qualifying Commonwealth citizen
  • be resident at an address in the UK (or a British citizen living abroad who has been registered to vote in the UK in the last 15 years)
  • not be legally excluded from voting

What is the deadline for registering to vote?

The deadline for registering to vote at this election is Tuesday 26 November 2019

If you are not registered to vote, you can register online on Gov.UK.

If you are unable to vote in person you can apply to vote by post, or appoint a proxy to vote on your behalf.

To apply for a postal vote, we must receive your application by 5pm Tuesday 26 November. Read more about applying to vote by post.

To appoint a proxy to vote on your behalf, the deadline for applications is 5pm Wednesday 4 December. Read more about applying to vote by proxy.

How do I vote if I have a disability?

If you are disabled, you can ask for help and the presiding officer can mark the ballot paper for you.

You can also ask someone else to help you (e.g. a support worker, as long as they are either a relative or an eligible elector and have not already helped more than one other person vote).

How do I vote if I have a visual impairment? 

If you have a visual impairment, you can ask to see a large print ballot paper or you can ask for a special voting device that allows you to vote on your own in secret.

Why am I being asked for my polling card before entering the polling station? 

On election day, volunteers for candidates called 'tellers' wait outside polling stations and ask voters for the number on their poll card. They use this information to check who's voted so they can remind those who haven't to do so.

They are not acting in any official capacity so you don't need to give them any information if you don't want to.

If you are concerned about the conduct of a teller, speak to the presiding officer at the polling station.

Do I need my polling card to be able to vote?

You don't need to bring your poll card with you.

Provided you are registered to vote (and are eligible to vote in this election), you just need to give your name and address at the polling station in order to vote.

Can I use a pen instead of a pencil to mark my ballot paper?

Pencils are provided in the polling booth, but you can use your own pen if you prefer. 

Just make sure that it is clear who you are voting for.

What if I make a mistake on my ballot paper? 

If you make a mistake on your ballot paper, don't put it in the ballot box - just let the polling station staff know and they can issue you with a replacement ballot paper.

Can I take any photos or videos inside the polling station?

Pictures taken outside the polling station are great to use on social media to encourage your friends and family to vote, but don’t take any photos inside the polling station as you might find yourself in breach of secrecy of the ballot requirements.

I have received a postal vote. Can I still vote at the polling station?

If you have registered for a postal vote you should vote using the ballot paper you have been sent; you are not eligible to vote in person at the polling station. However you can hand in the postal vote envelope to your polling station or Civic offices on the day from 7am to 10pm

Postal votes can be handed in at your polling station between 7am and 10pm, or up to 10pm at Civic Offices on polling day.

Please return postal votes as soon as possible.

Can I get a replacement postal vote?

If you have lost, spoilt or not received your postal vote you can get a replacement up until 5pm on polling day.

Contact us on 023 9283 4074 for more details.

I can't vote in person. Can someone vote for me?

In certain circumstances, where you have an emergency that means you cannot go to the polling station in person, you can apply for an emergency proxy vote up to 5pm on the day of the poll.

You must ask someone if they are willing and able to be your proxy and vote on your behalf.

You must give a reason why you need to vote by proxy and may need a qualified person to sign your application.

The emergency must have occurred after 5pm on Wednesday 4th December.

Contact us on 023 9283 4074 for more details.

How can I find the results for Portsmouth?

We will publish the results as soon as possible on our website.

How many MPs are there in Portsmouth?

There are two parliamentary constituencies in Portsmouth. Each constituency has one MP.

What if there is a Royal Mail strike? 

Royal Mail has confirmed they will prioritise election post in the event of any industrial action.