Recall Petition FAQs

  1. When can I sign the petition?
  2. Where can I sign?
  3. Am I eligible to sign the petition?
  4. What ID do I need to bring to sign?
  5. I am an accredited campaigner, where do I find information about expenses?
  6. How do I apply for an Electoral ID Card?
  7. I didn't receive a petition notice, can I still sign the petiton?
  8. I've lost my petition notice, can I get a replacement?
  9. How do I sign the petition by post or proxy?
  10. What is my Digital Registration Number (DRN)?
  11. When will postal signing forms be issued?
  12. I cannot sign the petition due to a disability - can someone complete it for me?
  13. I’m a European elector. Can I sign the petition?
  14. If I make a mistake on my signing paper in the petition station can I get a replacement?
  15. Can I take photos inside the petition place?
  16. Can I leave my postal signing paper into any petition place or a local area office?
  17. I applied for a postal form but it turns out I'm going to be able to go to my petition place after all - is that ok?
  18. I applied for a proxy but it turns out I'm going to be able to go to my petition place after all - is that ok?
  19. When will the petition result be published?
  20. Can I publish a statement about anyone signing the petition?

When can I sign the petition?

Petition signing places will be open Monday to Friday, 9.00am to 5.00pm from 8 August until 19 September and open until 9.00pm on 6 and 13 September. Signing places will be closed on Bank Holiday 27 August.

Where can I sign?

You will receive a letter which notifies you of your assigned signing location.  The three petition places are:

Ballymoney  - Joey Dunlop Leisure Centre
33 Garryduff Rd, Ballymoney BT53 7DB

Ballymena – Seven Towers Leisure Centre
74 Trostan Ave, Ballymena BT43 7BL

Ballycastle – Sheskburn Recreation Centre
Sheskburn House, 7 Mary St, Ballycastle BT54 6QH

Am I eligible to sign the petition?

You are eligible to sign if you are on the electoral register as of 25 July 2018 and you are aged 18 on or before 19 September 2018.

What ID do I need to bring to sign?

  • A UK, Irish or EEA driving licence (photographic part) (provisional accepted)
  • A UK or Irish passport (Irish passport card accepted)
  • An Electoral Identity Card
  • A Translink Senior SmartPass
  • A Translink 60+ SmartPass
  • A Translink War Disabled SmartPass
  • A Translink Blind Person’s SmartPass

Your identification document does not need to be current, as long as the photograph is of a good enough likeness to allow the petition staff to confirm your identity.

These documents are listed in legislation and no other documents can be accepted.

I am an accredited campaigner, where do I find information about expenses?

Information about expenses and expenses forms are available on the Electoral Commission website

How do I apply for an Electoral ID Card?

Please visit the How to apply page for details of how to make an application.

Applications for ID cards in the North Antrim constituency are currently being prioritised due to the petition. The deadline for applying for an ID card to use when signing the petition is 7 September 2018.

I didn't receive a petition notice, can I still sign the petiton?

If you did not receive a petition notice and you think you are eligible to sign please contact the Newtownabbey Area Office on 028 9044 6600 to check that you are eligible. If you are eligible you can sign the petition without a petition notice - it is for information purposes only.

I've lost my petition notice, can I get a replacement?

We cannot reissue a petition notice. You don’t need it to sign, it is for information purposes only. You should go to your petition place with your ID and you will be able to sign.

How do I sign the petition by post or proxy?

You need to complete an application form to sign the petition by post or proxy. The form is available to download here or contact 028 9044 6668 and we will post one out to you.

The deadline for submitting your application to sign by post or proxy is 5.00pm on Tuesday 4 September 2018.

What is my Digital Registration Number (DRN)?

If you applied to register online you will have been issued with a Digital Registration Number (DRN) when your application was approved. You will need this number to apply to sign the petition by post or proxy. If you did not register online you will not need this number.

If you have lost your DRN and need a replacement please contact the Absent Signing Unit on 028 9044 6668.

When will postal signing forms be issued?

Postal signing packs will be issued on 7 August, 22 August, 6 September and 7 September.

I cannot sign the petition due to a disability - can someone complete it for me?

The following is available at a petition place to assist electors with disabilities:

  • a table at a height suitable for people in wheelchairs
  • a large print version of the signing sheet
  • a device to help electors sign their paper.

If you want to use any of these items, please tell the staff at the petition station when they give you your signing sheet.

If you cannot mark the ballot paper yourself due to a disability, you can have it marked for you by the Petition Clerk.

I’m a European elector. Can I sign the petition?

No as the law does not permit European electors (other than British or Irish) to vote at UK Parliamentary elections and this recall petition is in respect of an MP.

If I make a mistake on my signing paper in the petition station can I get a replacement?

Yes, if you take your signing paper to the Petition Clerk they will issue a replacement.

Can I take photos inside the petition place?

No you must not take pictures inside the room where the petition is signed.

Can I leave my postal signing paper into any petition place or a local area office?

Yes, you can hand it in at any petition signing place, or hand it in at the Belfast Office. You can also post your postal signing paper to the Belfast Office.

I applied for a postal form but it turns out I'm going to be able to go to my petition place after all - is that ok?

If your application to sign the petition by post has been successful you will not be able to sign at a petition place unless you first cancel your postal application. To cancel your postal application you should contact the Absent Signing Unit on 028 9044 6668 before 5.00pm on 4 September.

I applied for a proxy but it turns out I'm going to be able to go to my petition place after all - is that ok?

Yes as long as you get there before your proxy you will be able to sign instead.

When will the petition result be published?

The petition result will be published after the petition has closed.

Can I publish a statement about anyone signing the petition?

No it is a criminal offence to publish any statement about anyone signing the petition.