How to vote in the Ipswich Borough Council elections on Thursday 5 May

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Elections are taking place in every area of Ipswich on Thursday 5 May to elect councillors to Ipswich Borough Council. 

To vote, a person who can vote (and who is called an elector), needs to be registered. Registration for the Thursday 5 May Elections closed at 11:59 pm on Thursday 14 April.

Postal vote

If you are registered to vote and are not already a postal voter and you want to vote by post in the 5 May 2022 election, you must submit a postal vote application form. You can use the form online at Apply for a postal vote - GOV.UK (www.gov.uk).

Once completed, you can scan or photograph the form, then attach it to an email to submit to elections@ipswich.gov.uk  or it can be posted to the address below.

Anyone can apply to vote by post - they do not need to give a reason.

The deadline to apply for a postal vote is 5 pm on Tuesday 19 April.

Proxy vote

If you cannot vote in person at the polling station and do not want to vote by post, someone else can vote for you.

You can use the form online at Apply to vote by proxy at a particular election or referendum - GOV.UK (www.gov.uk). Once completed, you can scan or photograph the form, then attach it to an email to submit to elections@ipswich.gov.uk  or it can be posted to the address below.

You tell the proxy who to vote for - this is called a proxy vote.

If you are registered to vote and are not already a postal voter, you can submit a proxy vote application form before the deadline at 5 pm on Tuesday 26 April.  

If you move house, you should register to vote again.

If you change their name for any reason, you can either contact the electoral services team at the Council and request a change of name form or register to vote again.

Polling Stations 

Those who are registered will receive a poll card that states at which polling station they should vote. A poll card does not need to be taken to the polling station to vote. If an elector wants to know where their polling station is, they can also find out at https://www.ipswich.gov.uk/elections.

Polling stations will be open from 7 am to 10 pm on polling day, Thursday 5 May.

Ipswich is divided into 16 wards which each elect 3 councillors to a total of 48 councillors. This year, every ward will elect one of its councillors, except in St John’s ward where an additional vacancy due to a resignation means that two councillors will be elected.

The elections are organised by Ipswich Borough Council. The council can be contacted to find out if someone is registered or with other queries such as about postal and proxy votes at:

Ipswich Borough Council
Electoral Registration Officer
Grafton House
15-17 Russell Road
Ipswich
IP1 2DE

Phone:01473 432000

https://www.ipswich.gov.uk/elections