The following elections will be taking place on Thursday 3 May 2018:
- Local government principal area elections (i.e. district, borough, county borough, and unitary authority elections),
- Parish council elections,
- Local authority mayoral elections in some areas in England,
- Combined authority Mayoral elections in some areas in England.
There are no General, Assembly or local elections scheduled in Wales, Scotland or Northern Ireland for 2018. Details of which elections taking place in what areas can be found at: www.aboutmyvote.co.uk
Whilst serving personnel located at BFPO locations are encouraged to register with the electoral authorities as proxy voters, some will assert their right to a postal vote. Ballot Papers (BP’s) will only be produced after the closing date for candidate nominations 19 days before the ballot. Due to the various elections taking place voters should check with their respective Electoral Registration Officer (ERO) for each election. The recommended closing date to register for a postal vote overseas is the 6 April, registrations after this deadline up to the UK deadline of 18 April are unlikely to have sufficient time to reach postal voters and be returned in time by 3 May 2018. With less than three weeks prior to polling day, time will be critical for those deployed overseas wishing to use postal voting. BFPO will expedite the routing of postal votes for those service personnel and entitled users stationed at BFPO locations to enable them to exert their democratic right to a postal vote, however there are a number of factors relating to BP distribution that are outside BFPO’s ability to control. Further details are included in a separate DIN produced by People Sec 2018DIN01-029
Service postal voters will receive exactly the same service as UK postal voters. Individuals can expect BP’s to arrive from their UK regional Electoral Registration Offices via Royal Mail to BFPO London and forward to FPO’s from 9 April. BFPO will endeavour to do all it can to make sure that all recognisable BP’s are given priority through the BFPO process. Where there are local elections and any of the other elections listed above, service voters may receive BP’s together or individually and differing envelope formats dependant on electoral authorities.