Thursday 2 December 2021

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To vote in this election, you must be registered to vote.

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Following the sad death of The Right Honourable James Brokenshire MP, Her Majesty’s Government has announced that a By-Election will be held on Thursday 2 December 2021 for residents in the Old Bexley & Sidcup constituency.

The election will elect one Member of Parliament (MP) for that constituency.

Who can vote in the UK Parliamentary General Election?

The following people are able to vote in UK Parliamentary General Elections:

  • British citizens
  • Commonwealth citizens legally resident in this country
  • British citizens living abroad for no more than 15 years

EU citizens cannot vote in this election. If you are an EU citizen living in the UK and have not yet gained UK citizenship, then you cannot vote in general elections and therefore cannot vote in this election.

If you are registered to vote:

  • if you were registered to vote in elections earlier this year, you do not need to re-register to vote again in this By-Election, unless you have moved and have not already re-registered
  • your poll cards were sent out on Wednesday 10 November 2021
  • if you do not receive a poll card, then check with the Electoral Services team on 020 8303 7777, as you will need to be registered by the deadline date in order to vote

The deadline for receiving applications to register to vote is midnight on Tuesday 16 November 2021.

  • A list of who is eligible to vote in different types of elections can be found on Elections in the UK.

If you are not registered to vote, in order to vote in the Parliamentary elections, you must register.


Timetable for voters

  • Poll cards will go out from 10 November
  • Postal votes will go out around Friday 12 November 2021
  • the deadline to register is 16 November 2021
  • the deadline to apply for a postal vote is 5pm on 17 November 2021
  • the deadline to apply to vote by proxy (someone to vote on your behalf) is 5pm on 24 November 2021
  • polling day is Thursday 2 December 2021 - 7am to 10pm

Voting by post - Postal and Proxy voting

In order to vote by post you need to complete a postal vote application form or proxy vote application form.

Under current legislation, anyone who wishes to vote in this way needs to complete the application, giving a specimen of their signature and their date of birth. These ‘personal identifiers’ are securely stored. If you are unable to sign in a consistent or distinctive way because of a disability, you may be granted an exemption from doing so. For further information, please contact us at the address provided below. 

An application for a postal vote, or notification to change, or cancel one, must be received in the Electoral Services office by 5pm on the eleventh working day before an election - 17 November 2021

When you receive your postal vote, in addition to casting your vote on the ballot paper(s), you must provide your signature and date of birth on the postal voting statement. This is then checked against the personal identifiers on your application to ensure your vote remains secure.

The completed documents need to be back to us by close of poll on polling day. They can be sent back free of charge (in the UK) in the return envelope provided, handed into the council offices, or given to the Presiding Officer at a polling station on polling day in the electoral area. 

Postal votes received by us after close of poll at 10pm on Thursday 2 December 2021 cannot be included in the count.

If you have a postal vote, you will not be able to vote at your polling station on the day of the election.

Contact details

Electoral Services
London Borough of Bexley
Civic Offices
2 Watling Street

Telephone 020 8303 7777