How to vote

You need to register to vote to take part in an election. 

Voting takes place in polling stations, although an elector can apply to vote by post or appoint a proxy to vote for them. 

Accessibility 

We are committed to making sure that everyone who wants to vote can do so. We offer a range of services for votes before and on polling day, including - 

  • assistance to complete electoral registration forms and postal vote packs 
  • information about registration and voting available in alternative formats on request 
  • polling stations accessible to wheelchair users and people who have limited mobility 
  • a device called a Tactile Voting Device available in polling stations to enable blind and partially sighted electors to vote in person 
  • large print handheld ballot papers available in every polling station 
  • specially trained staff available to provide information about how to vote and to provide assistance when required 
  • the option of taking a companion (close relative or elector qualified to vote at the election) with you for assistance

If you want to know more about support and assistance available for registration and voting -

Vote in person 

If you choose to vote in person you have to vote at the specific polling station for your house. 

The polling stations are open from 7am until 10pm on polling day and the address of your polling station is printed on the poll card we send to each elector a few weeks before an election or referendum.

What to do on voting day

On voting day -

  • go to you polling station. This is usually a school, local hall or public building near where you live
  • tell the staff your name and address. You don't need your poll card but it helps
  • you are given a ballot paper for each poll which lists the candidates and their political parties 
  • the ballot paper tells you how many votes you have or you can check with a member of staff. Go to a polling booth so that you can make your vote in secret
  • put a cross next to the candidate(s) you wish to vote for, fold your ballot paper in half and put it in the ballot box

If there is anything you are unsure of please ask a member of staff at the station. 

Find out how to vote by post

Learn more about voting by proxy 

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