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December 12 General Election

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Parliamentary General Election

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A General Election will take place in the UK on Thursday, December 12, 2019.

Click here to view the Notice of Election.

Click here to view the Statement of Persons Nominated.

Click here to view the Notice of Election Agents.

Click here to view the Situation of Polling Stations.

The Copeland constituency covers the whole of the Copeland borough plus four wards which lie within the Allerdale borough.

Parliamentary General Election 2019 - Key Dates

Publication of notice of election - November 8

Delivery of nomination papers - November 11 - 14 (10am – 4pm)

Publication of statement of persons nominated, including notice of poll and situation of polling stations - November 14 (5pm)

Deadline for receiving applications for voter registration - November 26 (11.59pm)

Deadline for receiving new postal vote and postal proxy applications, and for changes to existing postal/proxy votes - November 26 (5pm)

Deadline for receiving new applications to vote by proxy (not postal proxy or emergency proxies) - December 4 (5pm)

Polling Day - December 12 (7am - 10pm)

Postal and proxy voting

More information on how you can register to vote can be found here: The deadline for registering to vote in the Parliamentary General Election is Tuesday, November 26, 2019 (at 11.59pm).

If you can't make it to the polling station on polling day, then you can apply to vote by post or proxy.  New applications to vote by post or to change or cancel an existing postal or postal proxy vote must reach the Electoral Registration Officer at the offices of Copeland Borough Council not later than 5pm on Tuesday, November 26, 2019 if they are to be effective for this election.

New applications to vote by proxy (not postal proxy or emergency proxies) must be received by the Electoral Registration Officer at the offices of Copeland Borough Council not later than 5pm on Wednesday, December 4, 2019 if they are to be effective for this election.

Overseas voters

All overseas electors will need to ensure they have the appropriate absent voting method in place for them to be able to participate in the Parliamentary General Election if they wish. This can be either by way of a postal vote or a proxy vote.

While we do everything we can to ensure that postal vote packs reach overseas electors as soon as possible, including prioritising the despatch of overseas postal packs before all others, the very tight statutory timescales between the close of candidate nominations and the date of the election means that some overseas electors may not be able to return their completed packs by the deadline of 10pm on polling day.

For the Parliamentary General Election on Thursday, December 12, 2019 the overseas postal vote packs will be despatched on Tuesday, November 19, 2019 for anyone who has their postal vote in place by Wednesday, November 6, 2019. They cannot be sent any earlier as we will not know until 4pm on Thursday, November 14 who the candidates will be. Ballot papers then need to be prepared, checked and printed before the packs can be sent out. Any postal vote applications received after Wednesday, November 6, 2019 will be sent out at a later date.

Due to the tight timescales a proxy vote may be a more appropriate absent voting method for you and if there is someone in the UK who you trust to cast a vote on your behalf in the polling station for your declaration address in Copeland, then please complete a proxy vote form as soon as possible. Once set up, your proxy can then choose to request a postal proxy vote from us so even if they do not live near your polling station they can still vote on your behalf by post.

Both forms can be downloaded from

Contact the Electoral Services

If you have any queries about the deadlines, registering to vote or proxy/postal vote procedures please contact the Electoral Services team on or 01946 598300.

Published: 7 November 2019 - 9:42am