UK Parliamentary General Election 2019

A general election will be held on Thursday 12 December for residents in Richmond to elect a Member of Parliament (MP) for the Twickenham and Richmond Park constituencies. This page will be updated throughout the election period with information including who your candidates are and where to vote.

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Key dates and deadlines

Election timetable
Event Date Action
Publication of notice of election Not later than Monday 11 November (4pm)  
Publication of statement of persons nominated, including notice of poll and situation of polling stations Thursday 14 November (5pm)  
Deadline for receiving applications for registration Tuesday 26 November
Deadline for receiving new postal vote and postal proxy applications, and for changes to existing postal or proxy votes Tuesday 26 November (5pm)
Deadline for receiving new applications to vote by proxy (must not already have absent vote in place) Wednesday 4 December (5pm)
First date that electors can apply for a replacement for lost postal votes Friday 6 December  
Polling day Thursday 12 December (7am to 10pm)  
Last time that electors can apply for re-issue of spoilt or lost postal votes Thursday 12 December (5pm)  
Deadline for emergency proxy applications Thursday 12 December (5pm)  

Electoral notices

Notice of election

Statement of persons nominated and notice of poll

Notice of election agents names and offices

Situation of polling stations

Poll cards

Poll cards will be sent to eligible electors who are registered to vote by 1 November, in the week commencing Monday 11 November 2019. Anyone who registers to vote after 1 November will have their poll card sent out at a later date. It is important to remember you do not need your poll card to be able to vote - just go to your designated polling station and if you are registered you will be issued with a ballot paper.

If you have applied for a postal vote, we will send you a postal poll card that will tell you when and where we will send your postal vote.

Registering to vote

If you are registered to vote and eligible to vote at UK Parliamentary elections, we will send you a poll card (see above).

If you need to register to vote you can do this online at www.gov.uk/register-to-vote. You will need to provide your National Insurance Number and date of birth in order to register.

If you are a British citizen living outside the UK for longer than six months of the year you may be able to register as an 'overseas elector'.

The deadline to register to vote is midnight on Tuesday 26 November 2019.

Change of nationality

If you have recently become a British citizen, a citizen of the Republic of Ireland or a citizen of another Commonwealth country you must make a new application for registration in order to be added to the electoral register for UK Parliamentary General elections.

You can register online via the national government website – Register to Vote

Your new application will need to be received no later than midnight, Tuesday 26 November 2019 in order to be eligible to vote in the general election on Thursday 12 December 2019.

Postal voting

If you want to vote by post (where we send you your ballot paper to complete at home and post back to us) you must complete and send us a postal vote application form. We must receive this by 5pm on Tuesday 26 November 2019. See further details about postal voting. If you have already applied to vote by post and want to cancel or amend it you need to put your request in writing and make sure we receive this by 5pm on Tuesday 26 November 2019.

When we will send out postal votes

Postal votes cannot be sent out until we know who the candidates are. We will then be able to print the ballot papers. We will know who the candidates are 19 working days before the election and aim to issue all postal votes as soon as possible. Anyone applying for a postal vote closer to the legal deadline will have their ballot paper issued later due to the time it takes to print and check the paperwork.

Anticipated postal vote mailing dates

Destination

Applications received by Anticipated despatch date
Overseas voters 5pm, 8 November 2019 19 November 2019
Overseas voters 5pm, 26 November 2019 3 December 2019
UK based voters 5pm, 8 November 2019 26 November 2019
UK based voters 5pm, 26 November 2019 3 November 2019

 

These dates cannot be guaranteed and may change due to unforeseen circumstances. Postal votes will be sent out by first-class post with Royal Mail. We must receive your returned postal voting pack by 10pm on Thursday 12 December or your vote will not count.

Proxy voting

If you want to vote by proxy (where you appoint someone else to vote on your behalf) you must complete an application form. The deadline for us to receive your completed form is 5pm on Wednesday 4 December 2019. See further details about proxy voting.

Note - your appointed proxy will have to vote at the polling station you would ordinarily vote at. If they wish to get a postal vote on your behalf you will need to ensure they are appointed as a proxy and that they then apply for a postal vote on your behalf by 5pm on Tuesday 26 November 2019. Email us at electoral.services@richmond.gov.uk for further information.

Updated: 15 November 2019