FAQs

Frequently Asked Questions

Preparation for the day

What is the election for?

The Parliamentary General Election is being held on 7 May. You will be voting for the person you want to represent you at Westminster.

There are two Parliamentary Constituencies in Haringey, each electing one MP: Hornsey & Wood Green and Tottenham.

How do I have my say?

To vote in the General Election, you must be registered to vote. This means that your name must be included on the electoral register.

Am I on the electoral register?

If you have received a poll card, this means you are on the Electoral Register. If you haven’t received confirmation, please get in touch on 020 8489 1000 to check.

I am not on the Electoral Register

You have until Monday 20 April to register for the May 2015 General Election. See the Register to Vote page for full details.

I won’t be able to make it to the polling station on the day, what should I do?

You may register for a postal vote up until 21 April and for a proxy vote until 28 April. After these dates, no changes to your voting method will be accepted. In the exceptional circumstance that you are involved in an emergency situation on Election Day, you will be able to register for an emergency proxy vote.

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Voting/On the day

What times can I vote?

The polling stations are open from 7am until 10pm on Thursday 7 May. If you arrive after 10pm, you will not be able to vote.

Where do I vote?/Where is my polling station?

You will only be able to vote at you allocated local polling station. If you do not know your polling station, please phone Haringey Council on 020 8489 1000

I’ve lost my poll card, what do I need to do?/I never received a poll card.

You do not need to bring your poll card with you when you vote at a polling station. All poll cards have been delivered, so if you did not receive one you should check that you are registered to vote. Please phone Haringey Council on 020 8489 1000 to check.

What do I need to bring with me when I vote?

You do not need to bring anything with you when you vote. You don’t need to bring any ID with you. You also don’t need to bring your poll card with you when you vote, although it is helpful for us if you do.

How do I vote?

If you are voting in person, there will be poll staff on hand to offer help and support on the day. You just need to arrive and state your name and address to the staff at the station. They will be happy to answer any questions you have.

Who should I vote for?

It is entirely your decision who you would like to vote for. Votes are cast in secret and you do not need to tell anyone who you would like to vote for.

I have specific access needs, how will they be addressed:

All polling stations should be accessible to voters with disabilities, and there is a tactile voting device to help blind voters, who can also be assisted by a companion or by the Presiding Officer.

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Postal and Proxy Votes

I registered for a postal vote, but it never arrived

Contact the Elections as soon as possible. Please note that from 28 April, replacements will only be issued at the Civic Centre, High Road, Wood Green, N22.

I received a postal vote but I haven’t sent it off.

We need to have received your postal vote by 10pm on Election Day, Thursday 7 May. If you don’t believe that it will arrive in the post by this time, you can drop off your completed postal vote at the Civic Centre, High Road, Wood Green, N22 before May 22 or at or any polling station in Haringey on Election Day. We must receive your postal vote by 10pm for it to be counted.

I received a postal vote but some of it was missing.

Contact the elections team as soon as possible. Please note that from 28 April, replacements can only be issued at the Civic Centre, High Road, Wood Green.

I’ve received a postal vote but I want to vote in person at the polling station.

You can switch from a postal vote to an in-person vote up to 21 April. After this date, you will not be able to vote in person on Election Day if you are registered for a postal vote. You can drop off your completed postal vote at the Civic Centre, High Road, Wood Green at any time before Election Day. On Election Day, you can drop off your completed postal vote at any polling station in Haringey or at the Civic Centre. We must receive your postal vote by 10pm for it to be counted.

I’m registered as a proxy for someone else, what do I need to do?

As a proxy voter, you should go to the polling station of the person you are registered to vote on behalf of. It will be very helpful if you bring with you the confirmation letter you received when you come to vote, although this is not essential.

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After the vote

How/when will the results be released?

The results for the General Election will be counted during the night of Thursday 7 May and results will be published on the Haringey Votes website as they become available.

Feedback / Complaints

If you want to make a complaint about:

  • A candidate/agent/teller/party etc.
  • A polling station – facilities
  • A polling station – staff
  • Queues

Then please let the elections team know about your experiences using one of the contact methods below:

  • Tel 020 8489 1000
  • Email elections@haringey.gov.uk
  • Visit our electoral registration office at the Civic Centre, High Road, London N22 8LE. The office is open 8.45am to 5pm, Monday to Friday.
  • Alternatively, you can write to the Electoral Registration team at:
    • The Electoral Registration Office P.O. Box 264 Civic Centre High Road London N22 8LE

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