Make sure you use your vote on May 7th

Published Tuesday 5 May 2015

Voters are reminded to make sure they are ready to take part in the UK Parliamentary General election and local elections taking place on Thursday 7th May 2015.

Richard Ellis, Returning Officer for Harborough District Council, said: "We are getting very close to polling day now, so we want to make sure that everyone knows how they can cast their vote and can easily take part on Thursday 7 May."

Here is a rundown of things you need to know before polling day: 

Don’t be late!

  • Polling stations will be open from 7am to 10pm on Thursday 7th May. You had to have applied to register to vote by midnight on 20th April in order to be able to vote on 7th May. 
  • Your poll card will have been sent to the address where you are registered. It will say where your polling station is. You can only vote at the polling station that is stated on your own poll card.
  • If you are in a queue at your polling station at 10pm you will still be able to vote.
  • If you arrive at the polling station after 10pm then the poll will be closed and you will have missed your chance to take part. 

Postal Voting

  • If you have a postal vote, make sure it is returned by 10pm on Thursday 7th May. 
  • If you have not had time to post it before polling day, then you can take it to the polling station on polling day and hand it in. Your poll card tells you where your polling station is. Postal votes that arrive after 10pm on May 7th will not be counted. 
  • Remember if you have a postal vote you can hand it in at the polling station before 10pm and it will be counted, but you can’t vote at a polling station if you’re a postal voter

More information on how to vote can be found at or call Harborough District Council's Electoral Services Team on 01858 821049.