How to Vote

What is the residents’ ballot?

The ballot is your opportunity to decide on the future of the Barnsbury Estate, you get the final say and this transformation will only go ahead if Newlon get a YES vote in the ballot.

The ballot opens on Monday 22nd February and closes at 5pm on Friday 19 March 2021

Who can vote?

The ballot is open to all Barnsbury Estate residents, aged 16 and above, as long as they fall into one or more of the following criteria:

  • Newlon tenants named on the tenancy (including those with secure, assured, flexible or introductory tenancies).
  • Resident homeowners named on the lease who have lived at Barnsbury Estate for at least 12 months before 22 February 2021.
  • Anyone currently living on the estate who has been an applicant on the Council housing register for at least 12 months before 22 February 2021 and whose principal (main) home is on the estate.

If you’re eligible to vote, you’ll receive your ballot paper directly from Civica Election Services (CES).

Voting eligibility is set out by the Greater London Authority (GLA).


How can I vote?

All residents will be sent a ballot paper in the post on or before Monday 22 February 2021, by the independent company hired to run a fair ballot, Civica Election Services. This will also include instructions for voting. Your ballot is private, and CES will never tell anyone how an individual has voted.

You can vote via one of the following ways:

  • Returning your ballot paper in a pre-paid envelope by post.
  • Voting online using a unique code.
  • Voting by telephone using a unique code.
  • Vote via text message using a unique code.

Details on how to vote will be sent out with your ballot paper.


When can I vote?

Your ballot paper will be posted first class on Monday 22 February 2021 and you will have until 5pm on Friday 19 March 2021 top cast your vote.

You can vote as soon as your ballot paper arrives. Any votes received by CES after the deadline will not be counted. 

If you choose to vote by post, please allow enough time for your ballot paper to arrive back at CES before the deadline.


What do I do if I haven’t received a ballot paper or I’m away?

If your ballot paper doesn’t arrive, or if you would like more information about voting, you can call CES on 020 8889 9203 or make an enquiry online at

Please make sure you let CES know you are from the Barnsbury Estate when you contact them.


Is there a minimum turnout required?

There is no minimum turnout needed. ‘YES’ or ‘NO’, whichever gets the most votes, will win. It’s as simple as that.

The transformation will only go ahead if the majority of residents who vote, vote YES in the Residents’ Ballot. This is why it’s so important that you use your vote.


When will we know the results of the ballot?

CES will post an official confirmation letter to announce the result, which is due on Monday 22 March. The result will also be posted online on


What happens after the ballot?

If there is a majority ‘YES’ vote from residents, we’ll continue to consult and engage with you as we continue to progress the transformation plans and provide you with the latest information. This will include running engagement activities such as drop-in sessions or online presentations as well as sending regular newsletters and updating the website. There will also be opportunities for you to speak to the BEST team about your options and choices for your new or refurbished home.

If there is a majority ‘NO’ vote then the transformation of the estate will not go ahead.