Hounslow Council


Elections and Voting

By-election for vacant seat in the Brentford ward

Following the resignation of a councillor in the Brentford ward, a by-election to fill this vacancy will be held on Thursday 9 July 2015. The Notice of Election (Adobe PDF icon PDF Help, size 69kb) contains further details about the election, including the process for submitting nominations and deadlines to register to vote and apply for postal and proxy votes.

The candidate nomination period opens at 10am on Thursday 4 June 2015. Nomination papers can be submitted Monday to Friday between 10am and 4pm during this period. The deadline for nominations is 4pm on Friday 12 June 2015. Information on how to submit a nomination, including the forms that need to be completed is available here.

Important information

To vote in the by-election, you must be registered to vote, live in the Brentford ward and also be one of the following:

  • a British citizen living in the UK

  • a qualifying Commonwealth citizen living in the UK

  • a citizen of the Republic of Ireland living in the UK

  • a European Union citizen living in the UK

  • someone registered to vote as a Crown Servant

  • someone registered to vote as a service voter

A British citizen living abroad who is registered as an overseas elector cannot vote in local government elections.

Important dates

The deadline for people to apply to register to vote in the by-election on 9 July is midnight on Tuesday 23 June. Click here for information on registering to vote.

Postal votes

If voting in person at your local polling station is not convenient for you, you can choose to vote by post. If you want a postal vote you have to apply.

The deadline to apply for a postal vote or a postal proxy vote for the first time or to amend a postal or postal proxy voting arrangement in time for the by-election is 5pm on Wednesday 24 June.

You can only vote by post or apply to vote by post if you’re registered to vote.  You can have a permanent postal vote or you can have one just for this by-election. To apply for a postal vote, complete this form and return it to Hounslow Electoral Services, Civic Centre, Lampton Road. Hounslow. TW3 4DN

If you have a postal vote, your ballot paper will be sent to you before polling day in time for you to complete it and return it to the Returning Officer.

The vote has to be with the Returning Officer by the close of poll (10pm) on polling day.

If you decide to vote by post you will not be able to vote at a polling station but you can hand your postal ballot paper into a polling station in your constituency.

Proxy votes

In certain circumstances, you can appoint someone else to vote for you. This is called voting by proxy or a proxy vote, however you must have a valid reason for having a proxy vote such as a disability or working away.

You can have a permanent proxy or you can appoint a proxy for one election. If you make a permanent arrangement, you will need your doctor or employer to support your application. If you appoint a proxy for just one election, you do not need anyone to support your application.

If you want a proxy vote you have to apply. The deadline to apply for a proxy vote for the first time in time for the by-election is 5pm on Wednesday 1 July. The deadline to change or cancel existing proxy arrangements in time for the by-election is 5pm on Wednesday 24 June.

If you would like to appoint a proxy to vote for you, contact the council’s Electoral Services team and we will send you an application form.

The person you wish to appoint as your proxy can only act as proxy if they are (or will be) registered to vote themselves.

Emergency proxy votes

If you are taken ill or get unexpected work commitments after the deadline for applying for a proxy vote which prevents you from attending the polling station on election day, you can appoint a proxy to vote for you. Again, you will need a doctor or employer to support your application.

The deadline to apply for an emergency proxy for the elections is 5pm on polling day.

Contact us

Email:elections@hounslow.gov.uk
Tel: 020 8583 2828

Electoral Services
Civic Centre
Lampton Road
Hounslow
TW3 4DN