UK Parliamentary General Election
There are two Parliamentary constituencies in the Breckland area. Breckland Council runs the elections for the Mid Norfolk parliamentary constituency and information is available below.
Kings Lynn and West Norfolk Borough Council are responsible for running the South West Norfolk parliamentary constituency - please see their website for details.
Planning to vote in the General Election?
Here's what you need to do:
- You must be registered to vote before midnight on 22 May.
- If you're away shortly before / on election day (8 June) and usually vote in person, consider a postal or proxy vote
- If you have recently been told that you will be unable to attend a polling station on 8 June due to work or a medical emergency, you may be able to apply for an emergency proxy
- If you're not sure how to complete a postal vote, our instructional film will help
- If you're not sure where you can vote, check your polling card which will be sent through the post or use the online polling station search
If you were registered to vote ahead of a previous election and your details haven't changed, you just need to wait for your poll card.
If you are not already registered to vote, are not sure if you are registered, or your details have changed, you must be registered before midnight on 22 May to take part in the General Election. As the registration deadline for the General Election has now passed, if you register now you will be able to vote in future elections but not the 2017 General Election. Registering to vote only takes a few minutes, but you'll need your National Insurance number to hand. Register now
Not going to be able to vote in person?
To vote by post in the General Election, you must be registered to vote by the normal deadline (midnight on 22 May) and your request to vote by post must be received by 5pm on 23 May.
Please note that the dates that your postal vote ballot paper is despatched will depend on when you applied for a postal vote. If you are planning to be away ahead of the General Election, please ensure that you will be home to receive your postal voting pack and have enough time to return it (and it be received) before the election closes on 8 June. Beware of possible postal delays.
- If you were already registered for a postal vote before 27 April, your postal ballot paper will be sent to you from 19 May.
- If you were a registered as a postal voter after the 27 April and before the 23 May deadline, your postal ballot paper will be posted to you from 30 May.
If you will not be able to receive/return a postal vote, you may wish to consider a proxy vote instead.
If you will not be here on 8 June and will not be at home to receive a postal ballot paper, you may want to appoint a proxy who can vote on your behalf. Proxy voting allows someone you trust to vote for you.
To vote by proxy in the General Election, both you and the person you would like to vote on your behalf must be registered to vote by the normal deadline (midnight on 22 May). Your request to vote by proxy must be received by 5pm on 31 May.
If you were planning on voting in person on 8 June but now won't be able to because you have been called away for work or you personally have a medical emergency, you may be able to apply for an emergency proxy. This means you can appoint someone to vote on your behalf. You can only apply for an emergency proxy for one of two reasons:
- You have been called away unexpectedly for work
- A medical emergency relating to you - you can't get an emergency proxy due to a medical emergency involving a friend or relative
In both cases, you must have become aware that you won't be able to go to the polling station after 5pm on Wednesday 31 May. This was the deadline to apply for an ordinary proxy vote.
You will need a qualified person to support your application. Details are included on the application form. Your application must be received by Breckland Council by 5pm on polling day.
More information and downloadable emergency proxy application forms are available from the Your Vote Matters website.
For advice on correctly completing your postal vote, please watch the short film:
Your polling card will tell you where your polling station is. This is where you need to go on 8 June to cast your vote. Polling stations are open 7am-10pm.
You can also check the location of your polling station and how to get there by by entering your postcode at wheredoivote.co.uk.
Further information regarding this election can be found on the Electoral Commission's website.
The relevant Statements and Notices relating to the Parliamentary General Election, will be added to 'Related Media' section (below) as the timetable progresses.