Voting and Elections

The electoral register is a list of people who are eligible to vote in elections and referendums in Northumberland. You cannot vote if your name does not appear on the register.

This section provides information on upcoming elections and referendums to be held in Northumberland, as well as information linked to previous elections.

For any queries please contact the Elections office on 0345 600 6400​ or elections@northumberland.gov.uk

Parliamentary General Election - 4 July 2024

Parliamentary General Election - Blyth and Ashington

Parliamentary General Election Notice of Election

Parliamentary General Election Statement of Persons Nominated

Parliamentary General Election Notice of Election Agents

Parliamentary General Election Situation of Polling Stations



Parliamentary General Election - Cramlington and Killingworth

Parliamentary General Election Notice of Election

Parliamentary General Election Statement of Persons Nominated

Parliamentary General Election Notice of Election Agents


Parliamentary General Election Situation of Polling Stations


Parliamentary General Election - Hexham

Parliamentary General Election Notice of Election

Parliamentary General Election Statement of Persons Nominated

Parliamentary General Election Notice of Election Agents

Parliamentary General Election Situation of Polling Stations



Parliamentary General Election - North Northumberland

Parliamentary General Election Notice of Election

Parliamentary General Election Statement of Persons Nominated

Parliamentary General Election Notice of Election Agents

Parliamentary General Election Situation of Polling stations



Parliamentary General Election Key Dates

Action

Key Dates

Deadline for registering to vote

Tuesday 18 June 2024 at 11:59PM

Deadline for applying for a postal vote/postal proxy vote

Wednesday 19 June 2024 at 5PM

Deadline for applying for a proxy vote

Wednesday 26 June 2024 at 5PM

Deadline for applying for a Voter Authority Certificate

Wednesday 26 June 2024 at 5PM

Day of Poll

Thursday 4 July 2024 from 7AM till 10PM

 

North East Mayoral Combined Authority 

Result of election

Sunderland have now declared the final results, Kim McGuinness has been elected the North East Combined Authority Mayor.

Click here to view the declaration of the regional results.
 

Results from Northumberland

The results from Northumberland have been counted and are displayed below.

These go on to be combined with all other votes from around the region, to decide who will be elected.
  • DONAGHY, Paul ​- Reform UK​ - 4,437​
  • DRISCOLL, Jamie​ - Independent​ - 22,736​
  • GRAY, Andrew​ - Green Party candidate​ - 1,638​
  • KING, Aidan John​ - Liberal Democrat​ - 2,587​
  • MCGUINNESS, Kim​ - Labour and Co-operative Party ​- 27,992​
  • RENNER-THOMPSON, Guy​ - The Conservative Party Candidate ​- 14,289​
Click here to view the declaration of count totals from Northumberland.

 

The verification of the the votes and final turnout figures for Northumberland

The North East Mayoral Verification Figure for Northumberland is 73,922. The Turnout is confirmed as 29.3%.
 

Statutory Notices


Police and Crime Commissioner 

Result of election

Sunderland have now declared the final results, Susan Elizabeth Dungworth has been elected the Northumbria Police and Crime Commissioner.

Click here to view the declaration of the regional results.
 

Results from Northumberland

The results from Northumberland have been counted and are displayed below.

These go on to be combined with all other votes from around the region, to decide who will be elected.
  • APPLEBY, John Christopher - Liberal Democrat​ - 9,552​
  • DUNGWORTH, Susan Elizabeth​ - Labour and Co-operative Party​ - 33,756
  • MUNRO, Ros​ - Conservative Candidate - More Police, Safer Streets​ - 22,467​
  • RAHMAN, Mustaque​ - Independent​ - 5,886​
Click here to view the declaration of count totals from Northumberland.
 

The verification of the the votes and final turnout figures for Northumberland

The PCC Verification Figure for Northumberland is 72,994. The Turnout is confirmed as 28.9%.
 

 

Statutory Notices


For more information on the above elections, please see links below:   
Norham Parish By-election 4 July 2024 

Notice of Election

Notice of Poll

Statement of Persons Nominated

Past election information

Cramlington- Cramlington East ward election November 2023
View full declaration of result of poll here

Ashington Parish- Haydon Ward election October 2023

View full declaration of result of poll here

West Bedlington- Bedlington West ward 

View full declaration of uncontested poll here

Horncliffe Parish- Horncliffe Ward election - June election 

View full declaration of uncontested poll here 

Prudhoe Parish- West Wylam Ward March 2023
View full declaration of uncontested poll here

Berwick upon Tweed Parish - Castle Ward Election

View full declaration of result of poll here

Horncliffe Parish - Horncliffe Ward Election - September 2022

View full declaration of result of poll here

Ashington Parish - Seaton Ward Election

View full declaration of result of poll here

Eglingham Parish Election

View full declaration of result of poll here

Seghill with Seaton Delaval By Election 

View full declaration of result of poll here

Hexham Parish - Priestpopple Ward Election

View full declaration of result of poll here

Hexham East By Election

View full declaration of result of poll here

2021 County & Parish Elections

County Council Elections - total results by party

County Results

Alnwick
Amble
Amble West with Warkworth
Ashington Central
Bamburgh
Bedlington Central
Bedlington East
Bedlington West
Bellingham
Berwick East
Berwick North
Berwick West with Ord
Bothal
Bywell
Choppington
College
Corbridge
Cowpen
Cramlington East
Cramlington Eastfield
Cramlington North
Cramlington South East
Cramlington Village
Cramlington West
Croft
Druridge Bay
Haltwhistle
Hartley
Haydon
Haydon & Haddrian
Hexham Central with Acomb
Hexham East
Hexham West
Hirst
Holywell
Humshaugh
Isabella
Kitty Brewster
Longhorsley
Longhoughton
Lynmouth
Morpeth Kirkhill
Morpeth North
Morpeth Stobhill
Newbiggin Central with East
Newsham
Norham & Islandshires
Pegswood
Plessey
Ponteland East & Stannington
Ponteland North
Ponteland South with Heddon
Ponteland West
Prudhoe North
Prudhoe South
Rothbury
Seaton with Newbiggin West
Seghill with Seaton Delaval
Shilbottle
Sleekburn
South Tynedale
Stakeford
Stocksfield & Broomhaugh
Wensleydale
Wooler

Parish Results

Beadnell
Bedlington Central
Bedlington East
Bothal
Choppington
College
Cowpen
Cramlington East
Cramlington Eastfield
Cramlington North
Cramlington South East
Cramlington Village
Cramlington West
Croft
Felton
Gilesgate
Hartley
Haydon
Hirst
Holy Island
Holywell
Humshaugh
Isabella
Kitty Brewster
Leazes
Longhirst
Morpeth Kirkhill
Morpeth North
Morpeth Stobhill
Newbiggin East
Newbiggin South
Newbiggin West
Newsham
North Sunderland
Park Road
Plessey
Ponteland North
Ponteland West
Priestpopple
Prudhoe Hall
Seaton
Seghill with Seaton Delaval
Sleekburn
South Blyth
St Boisil
Stakeford
Wensleydale
West Wylam

2021 Police and Crime Commissioner

Overall Result
Votes have been combined for the Northumbria Force Area PCC, and the results are below. ​

CRUTE, Duncan Carlyle (CON): 139875          ​    ​
MCGUINNESS, Cara Kim (LAB): 206467​

Kim McGuinness officially re-elected.
 
Second preference votes counted from Northumberland.​

CRUTE, Duncan Carlyle (CON): 4,397         ​       ​

MCGUINNESS, Cara Kim (LAB): 6,109 

2020 Parish & Town Council by elections

Result for Berwick Town Council by Election (Grove)

View Declaration of result 

Result for Blyth Town Council (Cowpen)

View Declaration of result


2019 Parliamentary Election

Blyth Valley Parliamentary Constituency

View signed declaration of result of poll here
View summary of results including turnout here 

Wansbeck Parliamentary Constituency

View signed declaration of result of poll here
View summary of results including turnout here 

Hexham Parliamentary Constituency

View signed declaration of result of poll here
View summary of results including turnout here 


Berwick-upon-Tweed Constituency
View signed declaration of result of poll here
View summary of results including turnout here 

2019 Police and Crime Commissioner

First Count Declaration 
Second Count Declaration

2019 European Parliament 

Local results
Regional results

2019 North of Tyne Combined Authority Mayoral

Local result
Count stage 1 result
Count stage 2 result
Overall result
Find out more about the North of Tyne Combined Authority here

2019 County By Election (Holywell)

Declaration of result

 

Implications for voters, candidates, and political parties

press notice on Royal Assent of the Act was published on gov.uk on 28 April, and the House of Commons Library has updated its briefing on the passage of the Act. Much of the detail for implementation of the Elections Act has been set out in secondary legislation, now that the primary legislation has received Royal Assent.
Significant changes have been introduced by this legislation which include:

Voter Identification

  • Electors needing to show an approved form of photo identity before voting in a polling station
  • Electors without a suitable form of photo identity will now be able to apply for a free Voter Identity Card  - Apply for photo ID
  • This is now in force.

Accessibility at polling stations 

  • Additional support will  now be provided to voters with disabilities at polling stations
  • Voters with a disability can be assisted by anyone in future over the age of 18
  • This is now in force since the May 2023 

Absent voting - postal and proxy voting

  • Political parties and campaigners banned from handling postal votes
  • There is a limit of 6 postal votes a person can hand in at a polling station
  • Postal voters will now need to make a fresh application every 3 years, instead of the 5-yearly signature refresh
  • Electors are now allowed to act as proxy for up to 4 people, of which no more than 2 can be "domestic electors" - i.e. not overseas voters
  • Applications will require identity verification - both online and paper applications will include a requirement for the applicant's identity to be verified
  • Secrecy and postal vote handling rules is now in place.
  • Change to the three yearly application process are transitional, starting from January 2024
  • Postal vote application and new proxy limit is ready for the May 2024 polls
  • Electors will be able to apply online for an absent vote
  • The online application service is now available

EU Citizens' Voting and Candidacy Rights

  • EU citizens will no longer automatically be entitled to register, vote, and stand for election
  • Two groups of EU citizens will retain their rights:
    • 'qualifying EU citizens' from countries with reciprocal agreements, and who have leave, or do not require it, to remain in the UK - currently Luxembourg, Poland, Portugal and Spain
    • 'EU citizens with retained rights' who were resident in the UK before 1 January 2021 - i.e. before the UK left the EU
  • Applies to all local elections and referendums in England and to the Police and Crime Commissioner elections

Overseas Electors

  • The arbitrary 15-year limit on British citizens living abroad is removed
  • Overseas electors are now able to register at an address where they were previously registered OR even never registered, where they were last resident
  • The registration period is extended from one year to three
  • This is now in force since January 2024
Here you will find information on how you can register to vote, or make changes to you current registration.

Please note you are unable to view the electoral register online, however this can be viewed in person at our local offices. Please contact the elections office for more details and to arrange an appointment.

Elections Office - 0345 600 6400 or elections@northumberland.gov.uk.
 

New ID requirements in force since May 2023

Northumberland County Council have a scheduled election on the 2nd May 2024, since May 2023 voters in England will now need to show an accredited form of photographic identification in order to receive their ballot paper(s) to cast their vote at a polling station for local elections, referendums, recall petitions, Police and Crime Commissioner elections and UK Parliamentary General Elections. Please note that these new requirements will not affect electors who vote by post.

*Identification is required at all unscheduled polls (by elections) that take place.

Electors who do not hold any of the accredited forms of photo ID are able to apply (if required) for a free Voter Authority Certificate.

For more information on the new requirements including a list of acceptable forms of ID and how to apply for a free Voter Authority Certificate please see the link(s) below

Click here to learn more about voter ID
Click here to apply for photo ID to vote (called a ‘Voter Authority Certificate’)
Click here to apply for a paper Voter Authority Certificate application form

Click here to Register to Vote

You can register to vote if you are 16 years old or over and a British citizen or an Irish, qualifying Commonwealth or European Union citizen who is resident in the UK.

If you are 16 or 17, you can apply to be added to the register in advance, however you cannot vote until you are 18.

Advice on postal voting 

Click here to apply for a Postal Vote

To vote by post at any election we must receive your application at the very latest by 5pm on the 11th working day before the election. If you require information about alternatives to voting in person, please contact the Elections office.

Advice on proxy voting

Click here to apply for a Proxy Vote

To vote by proxy at any election, we must receive your application at the very latest by 5pm on the 6th working day before the election. If you wish to enquire about a proxy vote, you should contact the Elections office.

Using information received from the public, registration officers keep two registers: the electoral register and the open register.

The Electoral Register

The electoral register lists the names and addresses of everyone registered to vote in public elections. The register is used for electoral purposes, such as making sure only eligible people can vote. It is also used for other limited purposes specified in law, such as detecting crime (e.g. fraud), calling people for jury service and checking credit applications.

The Open Register

The open register is an extract of the electoral register but is not used for elections. It can be bought by any person, company or organisation. For example, it is used by businesses and charities to confirm name and address details. Your name and address will be included in the open register unless you ask for them to be removed. Removing your details from the open register does not affect your right to vote.

If you wish to be removed from the open register, please click here or contact the Elections office.

During the annual canvass every household in Northumberland will receive a letter or canvass form listing everyone who is currently registered to vote at the property, this takes place every year between July and December.

We now send out two different types of correspondence, rather than one standard form. Unlike previous years we no longer require a response from every household, only the household who have received a canvass form are required to respond.

Click here for further information regarding this years annual canvass

As part of Northumberland County Council`s Annual Canvass, we are this year inline with updated legislation using additional methods of communication, including emailing residents where we hold an email address.

If in any doubt regarding the legitimacy of these emails, please contact the Elections office on 01670 624811 or elections@northumberland.gov.uk

Find out about upcoming election roles and how to apply.

Applying for roles

If you would like to apply for a role to work on the upcoming election on 4 July 2024, please sign up here.

The following roles are available
  • Postal Vote Opener
  • Presiding Officer
  • Poll Clerk
  • Verification and Count Assistant (evening)
If you have any queries please go to Election-recruitment-FAQor contact the elections team at electionstaff@northumberland.gov.uk.
 

Background

The Returning Officer here at Northumberland County Council is Dr Helen Paterson who is responsible for organising all local and national elections in the county. We are currently looking for people aged 16 and over who would be interested in filling election vacancies for the upcoming polls.

This is a fantastic opportunity to see democracy in action and you will receive full training to make sure that you are confident in your role and a competitive rate of pay.


Eligibility to work

To undertake a role on the above polls you must:
  • Be 16 years of age or over (18 for some roles)
  • Be able to provide your national insurance number. 
  • Have supporting information which confirms you are entitled to work in the UK and proof of residency.
  • If you have provided this ahead of the May 2024 Election, you will not be required to provide this again.
  • Not work for, or on behalf of, a candidate or political party during an election campaign
You do not need to work for Northumberland Council to be considered for a role.

Available roles

Below is a list of roles available. To learn more click on each dropdown.

At each election we send out over 85 thousand postal vote packs to Northumberland electors who have opted to not vote in person at a polling station. Completed postal packs will be returned to us to check personal identifiers usually from 10 days ahead of election day.

Main duties to include:
  • Counting and opening outer envelopes
  • Removing packs from outer envelope
  • Creating accurate piles of postal vote statements (PVS) and ballot paper envelopes (BPE)
  • Removing any where it has been identified that the personal identifiers may not match what we hold on record.
  • Checking the correct numbered ballot paper is in the envelope and recording any that are not.
  • Counting and double checking the number of ballot papers that are going to the count.
  • Helping the supervisor and 4 assistants with any reasonable duties needed to complete the tasks.
When and where will it take place and how much will I get paid?
All sessions will take place at Blyth Sports Centre, dates and times shown in the table below.
Date Time Rate of pay per hour
Wednesday 26 June 2024 10am – 6pm £13.26
Thursday 27 June 2024 10am – 6pm £13.26
Friday 28 June 2024 10am – 6pm £13.26
Tuesday 2 July 2024 10am – 6pm £13.26
Wednesday 3 July 2024 10am – 6pm  £13.26 
Thursday 4 July 2024 11am - 3pm £13.26
Thursday 4 July 2024 5:30pm - 1:30am approx. £13.26 – £19.06 from 9pm
 
Sessions are planned to last for a set period but may end earlier depending on the number of postal vote packs to be opened. Staff will be paid for the actual hours worked and no less than four hours should the session end early.
 
Training, experience required and further information.
 
All training will be provided at the start of each session by the supervisory team.  No previous experience is required for this role.
 
Presiding Officers are responsible for the conduct of the polling station and to ensure voters can cast their vote in secret and free from influence, whilst maintaining a calm atmosphere and ensuring procedures are followed to ensure the ballot is secure.

Main duties to include:
  • Liaise with the key-holder of the building ahead of election day
  • Organise the layout of the polling station and open and close the polling station on time 
  • Be responsible for all the ballot papers, paperwork, and ballot box 
  • Receive and record any postal votes handed in by voters 
  • Keeping the polling station neat and tidy 
  • Ensuring that all signs and notices are clear, visible and remain in place throughout the day 
  • Complete the ballot paper account and associated paperwork correctly and to pack up documents in accordance with the instructions given by the Returning Officer 
  • Be responsible for the health and safety of voters and staff within the polling place 
  • Checking voter identification before ballot papers are issued, in private if requested
  • Instructing and supervising the work of the Poll Clerks 
  • Ensuring all ballot papers are issued correctly to eligible voters 
  • Dealing with special voting procedures as required 
  • Managing the attendance of those entitled to be present in the polling station
  • Other tasks the Returning Officer requires to conduct the poll
 
When and where will it take place and how much will I get paid?
Polling stations are located throughout Northumberland, date and time shown in table below.
Date Time Fee including training and mileage
Thursday 4 July  2024 6.15am – 10.30pm £324.41
 
Training, experience required and further information.
Virtual training must be completed in advance of polling day and is supported by a drop in question and answer virtual session. The ballot box must be collected and checked from a named location two days prior to election day.

On the morning of the election, you will transport the ballot box to the polling station and at the close of poll, to a named drop-off location. You will be required to contact Poll Clerks in advance to confirm their attendance, and the key holder at the polling station to arrange entry arrangements.

Previous polling station experience would be advantageous, however is not essential as full training will be provided. You must be aged 18 or over to do this role.
 
Poll Clerks assist Presiding Officers to set up and run the polling station, but do not have the responsibilities of the Presiding Officer. Poll Clerks should carry out the duties as directed by the Presiding Officer.

Main duties to include:
  • Assisting with the layout of the polling station and prepare for the opening of the poll including putting up notices, signs and polling booths
  • Checking that voters are eligible to vote in the election and at the polling station 
  • Help electors to understand voter identification is now required and advise on what is accepted photo ID 
  • Assisting with checking voter identification before ballot papers are issued, in private if requested
  • Checking and marking the register of electors 
  • Filling in the corresponding number list 
  • Issuing ballot papers to voters 
  • Answering voters’ questions in a friendly and professional way 
  • Assisting with any other polling station duties on the instruction of the Presiding Officer 
  • Keeping the polling place tidy throughout the day 
  • Helping the Presiding Officer to complete necessary paperwork and procedures after the close of the polling station 
 
When and where will it take place and how much will I get paid?
Polling stations are located throughout Northumberland, date and time shown in table below.
Date Time Fee including training
Thursday 4 July 2024 6.15am – 10.30pm £223.76
 
Training, experience required and further information.
Virtual training must be completed in advance of polling day and is supported by a drop in question and answer virtual session. You will be contacted by the Presiding Officer ahead of election day to confirm your attendance.
Previous polling station experience is not essential as full training will be provided.  You must be aged 18 or over to do this role.
The verification and counting of the ballot papers is to take place on the evening of Thursday 4 July 2024.

Verification and Count Assistant main duties to include:
  • Following the instructions of the Supervisor and Assistant Supervisors
  • Helping to get ballot papers from ballot box on to table
  • Turning all ballot papers face up
  • Unfolding ballot papers ensuring correct way round
  • Counting ballot papers into piles of 10 and collating in to 50s
  • Giving the supervisor the totals
  • Recounting ballot papers if instructed to
  • Repeating the process until complete
  • Splitting ballot papers into piles of voters choices
  • Counting piles of voters choices
  • Identifying and giving to supervisor ballot papers where voters choice is unclear
  • Recording totals on batch headers
  • Double checking bundles of ballot papers
  • Recounting ballot papers if instructed to
  • Repeating the process until complete
 
When and where will it take place and how much will I get paid?
The verification and counting of votes is taking place at Blyth Sports Centre, date and time shown in the table below.
Date Time Rate of pay per hour
Thursday 4 July 2024 9.30pm – 3am approx. £19.06
 
Training, experience required and further information.
 
All training will be provided at the start of each session by the supervisory team.  No previous experience is required for this role.  
 

Additional information

Creating a Mobile Elections Account (MEA)

Once you have completed your application ensuring the details you are providing are correct, the elections team will create a mobile elections app (MEA) account for you and will contact you directly so you can create your username and password and to activate your account.
 
If you already have an MEA account created, you will not need to create a new account.
Please log in to your MEA account to check the details you have provided are correct. If you have forgotten your username and password, please follow these instructions to reset them.
 

Right to work documents and ID

Once your MEA elections account is created, we will contact you to make arrangements for you to provide your right to work documents and identification. If you have previously provided this documentation ahead of the May election, you will not be required to provide them again. We must see you and your documents in person.
Further information and a full list of accepted forms of ID and documents can be found in the frequently asked questions document.

 
Once you have created your MEA account and provided your right to work documentation the elections team will be in touch with offers of roles. Please note this will be done on a first come basis to staff who have created their accounts and provided all the required documentation.
MEA allows you to upload your documents to your account for full details on how to do this, please click here.
However, even if you have uploaded your documents to your MEA account, you must still provide the required documents in person at County Hall.
 

GDPR

For full details of how the information we collect is used and stored please click here.
 

Accessibility

This section will give you information on how to register to vote and the different methods of voting.
If you require any of this information in a different format or large print please contact the elections office: elections@northumberland.gov.uk


How to register to vote

You are able to register to vote online at www.gov.uk/register-to-vote
When registering to vote you must ensure you have your National Insurance Number to hand.
Click here to see where you can find your National Insurance Number

The document below will give you a step- by - step guide on how to register to vote.
Please find here a quick guide to voting 

Before you decide how you wish to vote, you may find the document below useful:
How to vote in person- My Vote, My Voice


Other ways to vote

If you do not want to go to a polling station to vote, there are other options available including voting by post and by proxy. For more information on postal and proxy voting, see the documents below:
How to vote by post- My Vote My Voice
How to vote by proxy- My Vote My Voice


Voting at the polling station

Every polling station should be accessible or a ramp will provided to allow access. Should you require any further assistance, a member of staff will be able to help you. When voting in the polling stations, there will be clear signs and images indicating how to vote.

The following can be used at the polling station:
A magnifier
A tactile voting device - which attaches to a ballot paper to allow blind or partially sighted voters to mark their ballot paper with or without assistance

Finger grips
Assistance from a companion - or the Polling Station's Presiding Officer who can join an elector in the polling booth and help them mark the ballot paper


If you require assistance marking your ballot paper, your companion and/or the Presiding Officer will need to sign a form before you can cast your vote.

For those people who are wishing to vote at the polling station, and may require some additional support, we have the following document to use.
A4 Voting Passport

If you would like any more information on this document, please see below:
Voting passport- My Vote My Voice


If you would like to find out any other information on support at the polling station, please click here to view a video on what support can be provided.

Voter ID at the polling station
If you are voting at the polling station, you now need to show ID. For a list of the accepted ID or if you need a Voter Authority Certificate please see the web page below:
Accepted Voter ID and how to apply for a Voter Authority Certificate- My Vote My Voice

If you would like some further guidance on applying for the Voter Authority Certificate, please see the video below:
Please click here to watch a video on how to apply for a Voter Authority Certificate

Information for carer or support workers

If you are a carer or support worker, the following page below can assist you on how to provide support:
I am a carer or support worker - My Vote My Voice
In 2022, the UK Parliament passed the Elections Act, which made several changes to the UK’s electoral system. These changes include the removal of the 15-year limit on the rights of eligible British citizens to vote in UK Parliament elections.

Do you have friends or family living abroad who are British citizens? Let them know they can now vote in UK Parliamentary elections even if they have lived outside the UK for more than 15 years.

They will need to have previously lived or been registered to vote in the UK at some point in their life.

They can now register to vote online, and their overseas declaration will be valid for three years, lasting until 1 November in the third year after it takes effect.

If you register to become an overseas elector, you will still need to register for a postal or proxy vote seperately.

These changes apply to UK Parliament general elections, by-elections and recall petitions. They do not apply to local elections.

For more information visit the electoral commission.

What is changing?

In the past, British citizens were only eligible to vote in UK Parliament elections if they had previously been registered in the UK and living abroad for less than 15 years.

From 16 January 2024, there is no longer a time limit. Voters that have previously lived or been registered to vote in the UK now have the right to vote in UK parliament elections.
 

What are the eligibility rules?

British citizens, which includes eligible Irish citizens and citizens of Crown Dependencies, may register as overseas voters if they are now living abroad, providing they:
  • Were previously registered to vote in the UK, either before they left the UK or as an overseas voter.
  • Were previously resident in the UK.
Please note you can only apply under prior residency if you have never been a registered in the past.

Overseas British citizens must apply to register as a voter using the address where they were last registered to vote in the UK or, if they have never been registered, the last address at which they were resident in the UK.
 

What if voters have been registered at more than one address in the past?

If an applicant has been previously registered at more than one address, they use the most recent address at which they were registered.
 

How do voters register?

Overseas voters can apply to register in the same way as any other voter. They can apply online gov.uk.

Those who were previously registered will have to provide details about the address and time they were last registered.

Those who previously lived in the UK, but were not registered, will need to provide details about the address and time where they were last resident.


Do voters have to apply for their postal or proxy vote seperately?

Yes, even when you have registered to vote as an overseas voter you must apply for a postal or proxy vote as a seperate application.


How do overseas voters prove those details?

Local authorities, which are responsible for the electoral roll in their area, must be satisfied that the applicant was registered or lived in the area previously, and must be able to verify an applicant’s identity.

Local authorities have a number of resources for verifying this information, including checking previous registers, other locally held records, or evidence provided by the applicant.
 

How often do overseas voters need to register?

Under the new rules, overseas voters need to provide a renewal declaration every three years.  Previously, it was every 12 months.  A renewal declaration confirms that the details held on the electoral register are accurate and provides an opportunity to update correspondence details if necessary.

Registration will need to be renewed before 1 November, three years after the voter registered as an overseas voter, unless the voter has successfully renewed their voter registration in the meantime.
 

Are overseas voters allowed to donate money to UK political parties?

Yes, under electoral law, those on an electoral register are also permitted to donate to political parties and campaigners campaigning in UK elections.
 
In this section you will find information regarding Polling reviews & all other Electoral Services matters.

For any queries please contact the Elections office on 0345 600 6400 or elections@northumberland.gov.uk
Notice of Review of Polling Districts, Polling Places and Polling Stations 2019
Terms of reference
Survey of current polling stations
Maps of divisional boundaries

Documents relating to the review can be inspected at Information Centres around Northumberland at:
Alnwick - Greenwell Lane, Greenwell Road, Alnwick, Northumberland, NE66 1HB
Ashington - Wansbeck Square, Station Road, Ashington, Northumberland, NE63 9XL
Bedlington - Bedlington Library, Glebe Road, Bedlington, Northumberland, NE22 6JX
Berwick - Berwick Library, Walkergate, Berwick-Upon-Tweed, TD15 1DB
Blyth - Blyth Library, 20 Bridge Street, Blyth, Northumberland, NE24 2DJ
Cramlington - Concordia Leisure Centre, Forum Way, Cramlington, NE23 6YB
Hexham - Queens Hall, Beaumont Street, Hexham, Northumberland, NE46 3LS
Morpeth - Royal Sovereign House, Manchester Street, Morpeth, NE61 1BH
Seaton Delaval - Astley Community High School, Elsdon Avenue, Seaton Delaval, NE25 0BW
If you are interested in standing as a candidate at the next local election, please see below

For futher details on the forthcoming election please click here
If you are interested in standing as a candidate at the next local election, please see below:-
Nomination packs are available now click here but cannot be submitted until 21 March 2017.  To arrange an appointment to submit a nomination paper contact the elections office.

To request a copy of the electoral register or absent voting list please use the forms below.

If you require a copy of the electoral register click here if you require this is a word format please contact us
If you require a copy of the absent voting list click here if you require this is a word format please contact us

All candidates MUST submit an elections expenses account after the election has taken place.  The forms can be downloaded below.

Declaration of agent local government election
Declaration of candidate local government election
Local government election candidates spending return
Explanatory notes local government election 
 
If you are interested in standing as a candidate at the next local elections please see below:-
The election timetable shows critical deadlines click here to download    

Nomination packs are available now click here but cannot be submitted until 21 March 2017.  To arrange an appointment to submit a nomination paper contact the elections office.

To request a copy of the electoral register or absent vote list please use the forms below.

If you require a copy of the electoral register click here if you require a copy of this document in word format please contact us 

If you require a copy of the absent voting list click here if you require a copy of this document in a word format please contact us

All candidates MUST submit an elections expenses account after the election has taken place.  The forms can be downloaded below.

Election expenses for Candidates at Parish Elections 


For more information contact:
by email:     elections@northumberland.gov.uk
by phone:    01670 624811
by post:       Electoral Services
                   Northumberland County Council
                   County Hall
                   Morpeth
                   Northumberland
                   NE61 2EF