Upcoming General Election


Elections are being held in the Rochford District on 12 December 2019 for the parliamentary constituencies of:

Rayleigh and Wickford and

Rochford and Southend East

Register to vote

To take part in these elections residents must be registered to vote by 11.59pm on 26 November 2019. If you have recently moved to a new house or are 18 years old and are not yet registered to vote you can do this easily online. If you don’t have access to the internet you can collect or request an application form from the council’s Election Department at Rochford District Council, Elections, South Street, Rochford, Essex, SS4 1BW.

You only need to register once - you do not need to register separately for every election. You can do this at You must register again if you’ve changed address, name or nationality.

To register to vote you must be 18 years old or over, a British, Irish, Commonwealth, or European Union citizen. You will need your National Insurance Number to register to vote.

Postal votes

You may apply for a postal vote at any time, as long as you are registered to vote. Postal votes are usually issued about ten days before an election. Completed ballot papers must be returned by 10pm on election day. All applications for postal voting for the December 2019 General Election must be returned to Rochford District Council by 5pm on Tuesday 26 November 2019.

Proxy votes

If you are not able to cast your vote in person, you can apply for a proxy vote where someone you trust can do it on your behalf. Only a registered voter can apply for a proxy vote. Only a registered voter can vote by proxy on their behalf.

A person cannot be a proxy for more than two people at any one election, or referendum, unless they are a close relative. If you apply for a proxy vote for a particular election, you do not need anyone to support your application, but you do need to give a reason, for example, holidays, illness, employment.

If you wish to have a proxy vote for a specific period of time, or permanently, you need to give the reason and ask someone, for example, your doctor, nurse, or employer, to sign your application. All proxy vote applicants must supply their signature and date of birth on the application form. Anyone wishing to apply for a proxy vote for the General Election in December 2019 must return their application form before the 5pm deadline on Wednesday 4 December 2019 to the Elections Office at Rochford District Council.

Proxy voters wanting to vote by post must have applications returned to the elections office by 5pm on Tuesday 26 November 2019. Anyone wanting to change the details of their existing postal or proxy vote must also have that information with the Elections Office by this date.

The Count

Rochford District Council will be holding the count for Rayleigh and Wickford at Clements Hall, in Hawkwell, on December 12. 

However, the count for Rochford and Southend East will be held by Southend Borough Council. 

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