Registering to vote

Hatley letter box with postal vote envelope.

If you’d like a postal or proxy vote, you’ll need to contact SCDC.

You can only vote in elections (or a referendum) if your name appears on the register of electors.

South Cambridgeshire District Council (SCDC) carries out a full review of the register every year, but you can also add your name to the register at any time.

Remember, if you do not register then you cannot vote in elections or a referendum in South Cambridgeshire.

You can read SCDC’s electoral registration FAQs for more information.

How to register
Visit the government website to find out more and to register online.

To register in time for an election, you must register at least 12 working days before the poll – this is 11.59 pm on 19th April for the 2021 local elections.

For further information please see SCDC’s Election FAQs or e-mail elections@scambs.gov.uk.

SCDC’s contact details are at the bottom of this page.


Postal and proxy votes

If you are going to be away on any polling day for an election or referendum and therefore unable to get to a polling station to vote in person…

  • Because of the Covid pandemic, you refer not to enter a public place (the village hall) to vote…
  • You are at work, travelling or on holiday…
  • You have moved house since the electoral register was drawn up and have not yet joined the register at your new address…
  • You are physically unable to get to the polling station…
  • You just don’t have the time…
    … you can still exercise your democratic right to vote.

You can vote by post or appoint someone else – a proxy – to vote on your behalf.

If you’d like to know more about these alternatives to traditional voting, visit the postal and proxy votes page on the SCDC website.

Click below to download a form for….

  • Postal vote.  The deadline to apply to vote by post is 11 working days before any election, making it 5.00 pm on Tuesday, 20th April for our local elections.

    Anyone can apply for a postal vote, and you can choose to have it on a permanent basis or for a specific election / referendum. If you want to have your ballot paper sent to you in the post, you will need to apply to vote by post.

  • Proxy vote.  The deadline to apply for a proxy vote is six working days before an election – this is 5.00 pm on Tuesday, 27th April for our local elections.  Anyone may apply to vote by proxy as a one-off, for a specific election / referendum. If you would like to apply for a permanent proxy vote, you should contact the Elections team to discuss your requirements.

Simply print out the form, complete the details and send it to the Electoral Registration Officer at SCDC’s offices:

Electoral Services
South Cambridgeshire District Council
South Cambridgeshire Hall
Cambourne Business Park
CAMBOURNE
CB23 6EA

Tel  03450 455 214
E-mail  elections@scambs.gov.uk
Facebook  South Cambs
Twitter  @SouthCambs

The Electoral Commission website.

Page updated 3rd April 2021.