On Thursday 12 December 2019, Parliamentary Elections will take place. There are five parliamentary constituencies covering the Manchester area:
- Blackley & Broughton (includes 2 wards from Salford)
- Manchester Central
- Manchester Gorton
- Manchester Withington
- Wythenshawe & Sale East (includes 3 wards from Trafford)
The list of candidates in all five constituencies has now been published.
Who Can Vote
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
How to Vote
Electors who registered to vote by 31 October 2019 will receive their poll cards from Friday 8 November. Electors who registered to vote after the 31 October 2019 up to the deadline on Tuesday 26 November 2019 will receive their poll cards from the 5 December 2019.
If you have recently moved or need to add yourself to the electoral register, the deadline to register to vote in this election is Tuesday 26 November 2019.
Postal or Proxy Voting
New postal applications must be received at the Elections office by no later than 5pm on Tuesday 26 November 2019 to be effective for this election.
Any elector who has applied to vote by post before the 6 November 2019 will have their postal vote pack handed to Royal Mail on Wednesday 27 November. A second batch of postal votes for electors who applied to vote by post up to the deadline of Tuesday 26 November 2019 will be passed to Royal Mail on Tuesday 3 December 2019. All postal votes will be sent first class.
Because of the busy christmas period for post, you are encouraged to open, complete and return your postal vote as soon as possible to ensure it is with us by 10pm on polling day.
Alternatively to avoid using the post during the busy Christmas period or if you are going to be away, (or if you are an overseas elector see below) – it is recommded you consider putting in place proxy vote arrangements instead, This is when someone you trust attends your polling station and votes on your behalf.
New proxy applications must be received by 5pm on Wednesday 4 December 2019 to be effective for this election. If your proxy wants to vote by post, then the deadline is no later than 5pm on Tuesday 26 November 2019.
Both postal vote and proxy vote applications can either be submitted as an attachment to firstname.lastname@example.org or posted toElectoral Services Unit
Manchester City Council
Manchester M11 2EZ
If you are a UK citizen living abroad, you can apply to be an overseas voter. The Electoral Commission website has further information on eligibility requirements.
We do everything we can to ensure that postal vote packs reach overseas electors in time, including prioritising the despatch of overseas postal packs before all others and expediting their delivery out of the country. However, the timescales are tight, especially taking into account the impact of the busy christmas period for post. This is likely to impact on the timescales for both outward and inbound return of postal votes. The deadline for the receipt of all postal votes is 10pm on polling day. However given the circumstances, if possible, it is recommended you consider setting up a proxy vote arrangement instead. This is where if there is someone in the UK who you trust to cast a vote on your behalf. This must be at your old polling station in Manchester. To put a proxy vote in place please complete a proxy vote form as soon as possible. New proxy applications must be received by 5pm on Wednesday 4 December 2019 to be effective for this election. Once set up, your proxy can then choose to request a postal proxy vote from us, so even if they do not live near your polling station they can still vote on your behalf by post. But if your proxy wants to vote by post, then we need both sets of forms (the form appointing them as your proxy and their application to vote by post) no later than 5pm on Tuesday 26 November 2019.
To stand as a candidate you will need to pay a deposit of £500 and submit your completed nomination papers by 4pm on Thursday 14 November 2019.