Please note there are no scheduled elections taking place in the Fareham Borough in May 2023.
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The next scheduled elections in Fareham are due to take place on Thursday 2 May 2024.
From May 2023, voters who wish to vote in person will be required to show an accepted form of photographic identification at a polling station before being issued with a ballot paper. Please note that you will not be required to provide photographic identification for postal voting.
The requirement to show voter id applies at local council elections, police and crime commissioner elections and parliamentary by-elections. From 5 October 2023, voters will need to show photo id at UK Parliamentary General Elections.
Expired photographic identification document can still be used as accepted photo id at the polling station, as long as the photograph is still a good likeness to you.
If you are a registered elector and you do not have one of the above accepted forms of photo id, you can apply for a Voter Authority Certificate. This is a free A4 sized paper document containing an elector's name and photograph which can be used for electoral identification purposes only.
The law specifies the types of documents that are accepted forms of ID. These have been decided by the UK Government.
Electors without suitable photographic identification can apply for a free Voter Authority Certificate.
You can apply for a Voter Authority Certificate in person, by post or online. The quickest and easiest way to apply is online via the gov.uk website . If you would prefer to apply in person, please contact the Elections team on 01329 824588 where an appointment can be made at the Civic Offices. If applying in person, there is no need for you to supply a photograph as we will take a photograph for your certificate, however you will need to ensure that you bring your National Insurance Number with you.
A Voter Authority Certificate is a free paper-based A4 document, which will show the voter's full name and photograph, the issuing local council, a reference number, the date of issue and a recommended renewal date.
Voters do not need to show photo ID in order to apply to vote by post or proxy. The proxy will, however, need to show their own photo ID at the polling station.
Additional information on Voter ID can be found on the Electoral Commission's website .
All households in Fareham are sent correspondence every summer to check the electoral register is correct for that address. We have to send this each year by law and there is usually a legal requirement to respond. Details of what to do and how to respond are on your form. The easiest and quickest way to respond is online at www.householdresponse.com (you will need to enter the security codes from your form).
If a household does not respond when required, an authorised electoral canvasser will visit the property to confirm details (even if they remain unchanged). This process is also required by law.
If a councillor leaves their seat during the course of their term, a casual vacancy occurs. This could be due to: the resignation of a councillor; the death of a councillor; the disqualification (or ceasing to be qualified) of a councillor; a failure to take up office.
There are not currently any casual vacancies.
Tel: 01329 824588
Election Services, Fareham Borough Council, Civic Offices, Civic Way, Fareham, Hampshire PO16 7AZ
Monday to Thursday 8.45am-5.15pm
The Returning Officer for Fareham needs people to carry out various duties at election time which is nearly always the first Thursday in May. This may involve working at a polling station which is open from 7am to 10pm, opening postal votes or counting ballot papers.
Please note there are no scheduled elections taking place in Fareham until May 2024.
If you are at least 18 years old and interested in working for us at election time please complete an Application Form for Election Duties
It is important that you know if you are eligible to vote and if you are to make sure you are registered to vote at your address. If you have moved house you need to Register to Vote , even if you pay Council Tax at your new property, because nobody is automatically registered to vote. Registering is easy - you can register online or you can call the elections office for a paper form to be posted to you. You will need your national insurance number, date of birth and address. Please follow the links below to find out more:
(all application forms can be scanned and e-mailed to us or posted)
The electoral register is updated every month and these updates are also sent to credit reference agencies once a month. There are cut-off dates listed below so you can see the deadlines that apply to each monthly update. Most applications go through without needing evidence of identity (this is done via your national insurance number and date of birth) but sometimes ID is needed and you will be notified in writing if this applies to you.
Once your application has been accepted and no-one has objected to your application you will appear on the electoral register on the next publication date. You will be notified in writing when this happens. Please note that in the run up to an election, you will only be able to vote in that election if your name has been added to the register at least 12 working days before the election. The monthly register publication dates are:
|To appear on this month's register (publication date):||You must have applied to register to vote by this date (conditions apply):|
|Thursday 1 December 2022||Tuesday 22 November 2022|
|Tuesday 3 January 2023||Monday 12 December 2022|
|Wednesday 1 February 2023||Tuesday 10 January 2023|
|Wednesday 1 March 2023||Tuesday 7 February 2023|
|Monday 3 April 2023||Friday 10 March 2023|
|Tuesday 2 May 2023||Thursday 6 April 2023|
|Thursday 1 June 2023||Wednesday 10 May 2023|
|Monday 3 July 2023||Friday 9 June 2023|
|Tuesday 1 August 2023||Monday 10 July 2023|
|Friday 1 September 2023||Thursday 10 August 2023|
|Monday 2 October 2023||Friday 8 September 2023|
|Wednesday 1 November 2023||Thursday 10 October 2023|
|Friday 1 December 2023||Wednesday 22 November 2023|
|Tuesday 2 January 2024||Monday 11 December 2023|
There are two versions of the register - the full register and the open register. The full register is strictly controlled and can only be used for elections, detecting crime such as fraud, calling people for jury service and credit referencing. The open register is optional so you can choose not to be on it. The open register can be sold on to third parties such as businesses and charities. If you chose not to be on the open register your right to vote will not be affected. To check if you are on the open register or to opt-out please contact the elections office. You will need to opt-out again if you ever need to re-register such as when you move home.
The Open Register is the version of the electoral register that can be sold on to third parties (such as marketing companies). It only contains names and addresses (telephone numbers and e-mail addresses are never included). Most voters are automatically included in the open register unless you have opted out. Opting out of the open register does not affect your right to vote or credit score. To check your current status or to opt out simply call the Elections team on 01329 824588 or e-mail email@example.com and we will be happy to help.
Please be aware that political parties and election candidates still have access to your name and address, and whether you have a postal vote, even if you have opted out of the open register. This is legal entitlement and not something you can opt out of. Parties and candidates are restricted by law to only use your details for election purposes (e.g. campaigning) and cannot pass your details on to a third party.
Electoral Services will only use your information for electoral purposes and it will be kept secure in accordance with data protection legislation. The lawful basis to collect your information is that it is necessary for the performance of a task carried out in the public interest and exercise of official authority as vested in the Electoral Registration Officer as set out in the Representation of the People Act 1983 and associated regulations. The Electoral Registration Officer is the Data Controller: Peter Grimwood, Civic Offices, Fareham, Hants, PO16 7AZ, tel 01329 236100. Please see the Fareham Borough Council Privacy Notice for further information relating to the processing of personal data.
Click here to register to vote . You will need your date of birth and national insurance number and it only takes around 3 minutes. To verify your identity, the data you provide will be processed by the Individual Electoral Registration Digital Service managed by the Cabinet Office. As part of this process your data will be shared with the Department of Work and Pensions and the Cabinet Office suppliers that are data processors for the Individual Electoral Registration Digital Service. You can find more information about this here .
If you are interested in standing for election, you can find all the important guidance and paperwork you will need at www.electoralcommission.org.uk .
Please note that there are no scheduled elections taking place in Fareham until May 2024.