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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

  • Q:

    Why should I register to vote?

    A:

    You are required by law to be on the Electoral Register if you are eligible to be on it. In addition to enabling you to vote at national and local elections, it is a way for you to get a credit rating from Credit Reference Agencies.

  • Q:

    I received an Invitation to Register, but I already registered online

    A:

    Online registration can take a few days to process so it is possible that the letter was prepared before your online registration was processed. You do not need to return the paper form if you have received confirmation that your online application has been received. We will contact you to confirm your registration.

  • Q:

    Must I register and what happens if I don't?

    A:

    If we have invited you to register to vote it is important that you respond. If you don't, we will send you reminders through the post and someone will visit your home. At the end of this process, we may send you a requirement to register, if you fail to do so without providing adequate reason why you have not, you may be fined £80. Not being registered can also impact on applications for mortgages or mobile phones, since credit reference agencies use the register to validate applications.

  • Q:

    Will I be able to vote as soon as I have completed my Registration Form?

    A:

    There is an objection period; if no objection received you will be able to vote at the beginning of next month. The acknowledgement letter you will receive once you have applied will confirm the dates specific to your request.

  • Q:

    How do I check I am on the Register/Can I see a copy of the Electoral Register?

    A:

    The Register is not available on the Internet and can only be inspected in person at the Council Offices at Fenland Hall under supervision. You will only be able to copy details by the way of hand written notes.

  • Q:

    I pay Council Tax, so why am I not on the Register?

    A:

    These are two separate Registers; you need to be on the Electoral Register in order to vote. Unfortunately we cannot add someone to the Register just because they pay Council Tax. You need to register to vote for yourself at www.gov.uk/register-to-vote

  • Q:

    My son/daughter is a student living away from home, do I need to register him/her?

    A:

    Students are allowed to register in more than one place. They do not need to be removed from the register at home, even if they have registered at their university address. Students are eligible to vote in local elections if registered in two areas, but can by law only vote once in Parliamentary elections.

  • Q:

    My partner is in the armed forces, do I need to include them on the Electoral Register?

    A:

    Members of the armed forces may register as service voters or register as an ordinary elector at their home address.

  • Q:

    I am working abroad for now, can I still be on the Electoral Register?

    A:

    Anyone whose employment takes them out of the country for more than six months in any one year should register as an Overseas elector. You will need to have been previously registered in the Fenland area. Overseas electors can only vote at national elections.

  • Q:

    I live overseas, can I be on the Electoral Register in Fenland District Council's area?

    A:

    If you are a British Citizen and have registered in the Fenland area in the last 15 years, you can register as an overseas voter. You can do this online at www.gov.uk/register-to-vote.

  • Q:

    How do I vote if I have a local connection (homeless, temporary accommodation/mooring, etc)?

    A:

    If you do not have a permanent residence in Fenland, but are connected to the district you can register as a Local Connection elector. Please contact the Elections Office for further information and an application form.

  • Q:

    How do I cancel my postal vote?

    A:

    You will need to cancel your postal vote in writing or by e-mail including either a wet ink or electronic signature.

  • Q:

    I haven't received my poll card but other people have, will I still be able to vote?

    A:

    Poll cards do not always arrive together. Your poll card is for your information only. Taking your poll card along with you when you go to vote will assist the staff in the polling station to find your name in register, but it is not required in order to vote.

  • Q:

    Where is my Polling Station?

    A:

    To find out where your polling station, please see our Find your Polling Station tool under How to Vote.