Haringey Votes: Your questions answered
On Thursday 5 May, voters across Haringey will go to the polls to decide who will represent their local area on Haringey Council for the next four years. This is a crucial opportunity for residents to have a say in who makes important decisions about the services they use.
To help residents understand the elections and make sure everyone is ready for polling day, our elections team have answered some frequently asked questions about the upcoming elections.
What are the elections for?
The upcoming elections on 5 May 2022 will decide who represents residents on Haringey Council for the next four years. All 57 council seats are up for grabs in this election, so it’s a vital chance for residents to have a say on important local issues.
Local residents elect councillors to represent their local area, and councillors go on to elect a leader who appoints a cabinet which together makes decisions about how the council is run and how money gets spent by council services. This includes things like waste collections, housing services, street maintenance, social services, public health and much more.
Even if they are not in the cabinet, councillors play a vital role in holding the administration to account through attending council meetings, submitting member queries and joining council committees, including ones which make important decisions on things like planning and licensing.
Can I vote?
To vote in the upcoming elections, you need to be over 18 years of age and to have successfully registered before the deadline on 14 April.
If you missed the deadline to register then unfortunately you won’t be able to vote in this year’s election, but why not register today to make sure you can vote in the next one? To register you need to be aged 16 or older, a resident of Haringey, and have British, EU, Irish or qualifying Commonwealth citizenship. Once you have registered to vote, you will only need to register again if you move address, or if you change your name or nationality. Register to vote here.
How many candidates can I vote for?
For the upcoming elections, Haringey is divided into 21 smaller areas called wards. Each ward is represented on the council by either two or three councillors. If you live in a two-councillor ward, you can vote for up to two of the candidates on the ballot paper, while if you live in a three-councillor ward you can vote for up to three candidates. The number of candidates you can vote for will be indicated at the top of your ballot paper.
Where should I go to vote?
If you are registered to vote in person (including if you are voting as a proxy for someone else), you will need to go to your designated polling station to vote. You can find your polling station on your polling card, or by visiting our website.
All polling places are open from 7am to 10pm on Thursday 5 May. Please remember that due to a recent review of electoral arrangements in the borough, some ward boundaries are changing. This means your ward may be changing, and you may need to vote in a different place from previous elections. Make sure you check where you need to vote before polling day.
If you are registered to vote by post, you will need to post your completed ballot paper and signed statement back to us in the pre-paid envelope provided. We need to receive this by 10pm on election day. If you haven’t already posted your postal ballot on polling day, you can alternatively vote by hand delivering your completed ballot and signed declaration to any polling station or the elections office before 10pm on the day of the election.
I haven’t received/I have lost my postal vote – can I go and vote in person at a polling station?
No, once you have been issued with a postal vote, you cannot vote in person. However, as long as you contact us before 5pm on election day, we will be able to issue you with a replacement postal voting pack. Please call or email us as soon as possible to ensure there is sufficient time to get a new pack to you and for you to return this to us.
What if I can’t make it to the polling station on polling day?
In Haringey we offer different ways to vote to ensure that any eligible voter can have their say in elections. This includes the option to vote by post or by proxy. You can find out more about postal and proxy voting here.
The deadline to vote by post or proxy has now passed, however in certain circumstances on election day, where you have an emergency that means you can't go to the polling station in person, you can apply for an emergency proxy up to 5pm on the day of the election.
For further details and to download an emergency proxy vote form please see the Electoral Commission’s website (external link) then call the Elections team on 020 8489 1000
Do I need an ID card to vote at the polling station?
No. For the upcoming elections in Haringey on 5 May 2022 you do not need an ID card to vote at the polling station. As long as you are eligible to vote and register to vote before the deadline, you only need to provide your address at the polling station, and you will be given a ballot paper.
I’ve lost my polling card – can I still vote?
Yes. If you are eligible to vote and register to vote before the deadline, you will receive a polling card before the election with details on where to go to vote on election day. However, you do not need your polling card in order to vote. As long as you are eligible to vote and register to vote before the deadline, you only need to provide your address at the polling station, and you will be given a ballot paper.
How can I find out the election results?
We will be counting the votes cast in this year’s elections at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on Friday 6 May. Once the results for each ward are confirmed, we will publish the results on our social media channels and on the Haringey Council website. Make sure you follow us on Twitter or Facebook for live updates from the count.
Find out how elections in Haringey work and how we keep elections secure in our Life of a Ballot video:
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