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Every vote counts

Voting at elections is important. Many decisions are made every day on your behalf by elected councillors and politicians. Elections are your chance to have a say on who represents you both nationally and locally. Remember,Every Vote Counts!

All voters must be registered with the Borough Council. There are several ways of voting so you can always find a way that suits you to make your voice heard.

Register to vote

Registering to vote

Every year (between August and October) a registration form is sent to every home within Rugby Borough. Residents are legally required to complete the forms and to return them to the Election Office at the Town Hall.

If you are entitled to vote but think you may not be registered, or if any of your details (name, address etc.) have changed recently you should contact the Election Office, you can find more information here.

Ballot boxVoting at a polling station

This is the most usual way to vote. Before an election, you will be sent a polling card with details of where and when to vote. Simply turn up at the polling station between the specified times and you will be issued with a ballot paper to cast your vote.

Postal vote

Postal voting

If you are unable to get to the polling station, you find it difficult to do so or you would prefer to vote in the comfort of your own home you should register for a postal vote. Registered postal voters are sent ballot papers by post which they return by post in prepaid and pre-addressed envelopes, usually in advance of polling day.

You can find more information about postal voting and how to apply here.

Proxy vote

Proxy voting

If you are unable to get to the polling station and you are also unable to vote by post you should register for a proxy vote. This is where you authorise someone else to vote on your behalf. This option is not available to everyone; you must have a valid reason for requesting a proxy vote.

You can find more information about proxy votes and who can apply here.