Information for voters - registering and voting

If you are unsure whether you are registered, contact our electoral services team on 01476 40 60 80. 

If you haven't already registered, you can register to vote online at  The deadline to register for the May elections is Monday 18 April 2016. You will need your date of birth and national insurance number to register.

You can still apply using a paper form which can be downloaded from the registration site or alternatively phone the elections team on 01476 40 60 80.

Postal or proxy votes

If you are unable to vote at your polling station on polling day you can choose to apply to vote by post or by proxy (appointing someone else to vote at the polling station for you).

If you want to vote by post you must be registered and we must receive your completed postal vote application form by 5pm on Tuesday 19 April.

The deadline for applying for a proxy vote is 5pm on Tuesday 26 April. 

Postal and proxy application forms can be downloaded at

Postal and proxy vote applications cannot be submitted online and must signed and returned to the Electoral Registration Officer, South Kesteven District Council, Council Offices, St Peter's Hill, Grantham NG31 6PZ and be received by the deadlines above to be effective for the May elections.

If you are likely to be unable to vote in person on polling, make sure you get your application to us as early as possible.

Contact our elections team on 01476 40 60 80 or email for further help or guidance.

Supplementary Voting System

The elections for the Police and Crime Commissioner uses the Supplementary Voting System.   This is the system used in Mayoral elections.

Voting will be by way of a simple majority system unless there are three or more candidates.  If there are three or more candidates then the commissioner will be elected under the supplementary vote system. 

Under the supplementary vote system, a voter is asked to indicate first and second preferences, if no candidate receives more than 50% of the first preference votes, the two candidates with the highest number of first preference votes go forward to a second round.

In the second round of counting, ballots indicating a first preference for a candidate that lost the first round are reallocated according to the second preference indicated in the ballot paper.