Voting and elections

UK residents over 18 can register to vote in local, national and European elections to take part in the democratic process.

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Your polling station

To find your polling station, you can input your address and/or postcode on this page and click the 'electoral' tab for details.

Parish polls

Parish polls provide an opportunity for local electors to express an opinion on a specific subject.

Individual Electoral Registration (IER)

You now need to register to vote individually, rather than as a household. The new system also means that you can register to vote online.

IER has been introduced nationally to help tackle electoral fraud and enable online registration, which will make it easier and more convenient for you to register to vote.

Failing to register can also impact on applications for mortgages or mobile phones, since credit reference agencies use the register to validate applications.

You can find out more information about IER in our Frequently Asked Questions.

Who can register to vote


To be able to vote:

  • You must be a resident in the electoral area
  • You must be a British or Irish citizen, Commonwealth citizen or a citizen of a European Union country
  • You must be 18 years of age. 16 or 17 year olds may also be able to register depending on your date of birth
  • You must not be subject to any legal incapacity to vote

You can also register if:

  • You are working away (unless you are away for more than six months
  • You are a resident but are away for the time being (e.g. on holiday, students, in hospital - including voluntary patients in psychiatric hospitals)
  • You are a lodger or guest (but not short-stay visitors) in the household
  • You are a British citizen living abroad. You can be registered for up to 15 years after you last appeared on a register in the UK, but you can only vote in Parliamentary and European elections.

Crown Servants and Members of the British Council must register annually. Service Voters and their partners must re-register every five years. However, they may choose to register as an ordinary voter at their home address if they wish.

Students living away from home

Students are entitled to register at their home address and their university address. Although it is an offence to vote more than once in a national election, you can vote in local elections at both addresses.  


Shortly before an election, you will get a poll card (or postal vote poll card if you are registered to vote by post). The poll card will tell you the election date, where your polling station is and the hours of the poll. You do not need to take this card with you to vote, but it will make things easier if you do. The postal vote card will tell you when to expect your ballot paper(s) by post.

If you don’t receive a poll card, call us on 0151 443 2222 to check you are included on the electoral register.  

Postal and proxy voting

If you can't get to the polling station on election day, you can apply for a postal or proxy vote by contacting the elections office on 0151 443 2222 or by email

Postal voting

Once registered, we will send ballot papers to your home address before the election. You should then complete and return your ballot paper in the envelope provided before the polling stations close on election day. You can apply to vote by post for a particular election or on a permanent basis. Instructions on how to complete your postal vote will be enclosed within the postal vote pack.

Proxy voting

You can appoint a proxy voter to vote on your behalf if you cannot get to the polling station on election day. You must give a reason why you cannot vote in person, for example, if you are on holiday.

You can apply to vote by proxy for a particular election only, or on a permanent basis. Permanent proxy applications may require a signature in support, such as your doctor or employer.

Please note, you need to be registered under the new system of IER to be able to vote by post or proxy.

Contact the Elections Team on 0151 443 2222 for a postal or proxy voting application form.

Electoral Commission Guidance on standing for election

Register of electors

You can inspect the register of electors in Knowsley at Knowsley libraries

European elections

European elections are held every five years. Knowsley is part of the North West of England constituency,which has eight MEPs.

The next scheduled European Elections will take place in 2019.

Parish/Town Council elections

Knowsley has five town and parish councils. Elections are held every four years with the next scheduled elections taking place in May 2019.

Petition for an Elected Mayor

Knowsley currently has a Leader elected by the Council, and a cabinet of Councillors.

However, under the Local Government Act 2000, you can petition the Council to hold a referendum on whether local people should elect a Mayor to lead the Council and be the head of the Council's decision making body.

In order to call a referendum for a directly elected Mayor, a petition must be raised which is signed by 5% of local government electors that are included in the current Register of Electors.  The verification figure is published annually in a formal notice:

Petition Notice

Having a directly elected Mayor is a constitutional change and a referendum would be held to give voters in Knowsley the opportunity to choose if they would want this new arrangement.

Election spending

Candidates and political parties are subject to limits on their spending on items and services used during the regulated period of an election.

Election expenses returns relate to these permitted spending limits and are required to provide accountability and transparency about the campaigns of candidates. Spending limits are set by legislation and are subject to change.

All candidates and election agents, where applicable, are required to submit a Declaration and Return of Expenses to the Returning Officer within a statutory timescale – whether or not they were elected. Even if no spending was incurred, a nil return still has to be submitted along with the declaration.

These documents are then made available for inspection, during normal office hours at the Elections Office, for the following statutory periods:

  • UK Parliamentary Election: 2 years from receipt (public notice must be given in two or more local newspapers)
  • European Parliamentary election: 1 year (public notice must be given in the region)
  • Local Government – Borough elections: 2 years from receipt
  • Local Government – Parish elections: 1 year from receipt

A copy of the documents can be provided on receipt of the statutory fee (currently 20p for each side of each page). Please contact the office to make an appointment to inspect or to request a copy.
European Parliamentary election expenses returns for the North West East Region are held by the Returning Officer for those elections – please contact the Elections Office for contact details.

Information for people with disabilities

For any advice please contact the elections helpline on 0151 443 2222 or email

United Response is a national disability charity and has produced specific information on the voting process, which you may find useful.

Mencap and Scope have produced resource packs to support voters with physical or learning difficulties.

Speaking Up is an organisation which supports and empowers people with learning difficulties, disabilities and mental health problems to speak up for themselves. It has provided a website aimed at raising awareness by supporting and encouraging people with learning disabilities to have a better understanding of the voting process, to become active citizens and to register to vote.

You can also visit the Operation Disabled Vote website for information about disabled people's voter registration.