How to vote

If you are not registered, you cannot vote! Register now, visit: Register to vote .

There are three ways you can vote in an election:

  • in person at a Polling station;
  • by post;
  • by Proxy (Someone else can vote on your behalf).


In person at a polling station

If you are registered to vote, around 4 weeks before an election you should receive a poll card to your address. This will tell you where to vote and the hours your polling station will be open.


Find the location of your polling station by using your postcode, see:


What happens at the polling station?

Poling station sign

  • On arriving, the Presiding Officer will ask you to state your name and address. If you are eligible to vote, they will then issue you with a ballot paper.
  • You take the ballot paper to a voting booth.
  • You mark a X in the box to the right of the candidates' name that you want to vote for.
    • Note: Do not put any other mark on the ballot paper, or your vote may not be counted. The number of votes you can make will be shown at the top of your ballot paper.
  • When you are happy with your vote, fold the ballot paper and put it into the ballot box.


Staff are there to help, so please ask them about anything you are not sure of.


Below is a short video on 'Your vote is yours alone':


By post

This is an easy and convenient way of voting, if you are not able to get to the polling station.


Posting a postal vote

How do I apply for postal voting

To vote by post, please download and fill in this form: PDFApplication to vote by post [PDF 62KB] .

After completing the form, you will need to print it, sign it, and send it back to us. You need to sign your application form personally because we need a copy of your signature for voting security reasons.

Please remember that there is always a last day to receive postal vote applications in time for a particular election. You are strongly advised to complete and send in your application early.


Who can apply for a postal vote?

To apply for a postal vote, you must be:

Note: You do not need to give a reason, or have the application form countersigned, to get a postal vote.


Where can I have my postal vote sent to?

They can be sent to any address, in the UK or overseas, like:

  • your home address;
  • any other address that you give;
  • where you will be staying on holiday.

Note: Please consider if there will be enough time to get and return your ballot paper, by election day. This is very important for addresses outside the UK.


When will I receive my postal voting papers?

Postal votes are usually sent out about two weeks before election day.

Once you have got it, mark your vote on the ballot paper. Make sure you send it back, so it arrives with us by the close of poll (10pm on election day).

Note: If it arrives later than this your vote will not be counted.


What should I do when I get my postal voting papers?

  • Put them somewhere safe.
  • Do not let anyone else handle them.
  • Make sure that they are not left where someone else can pick them up.


How do I use my postal vote?

  • Complete your ballot paper in secret, on your own.
    • Do not let anyone else vote for you.
    • Do not let anyone else see your vote.
    • Do not give the ballot paper to anyone.
  • Put the ballot paper in the envelope and seal it up.
  • Complete and sign the postal voting statement which is attached to the ballot paper envelope marked 'A'.
  • Put the envelope marked 'A' (with you ballot paper inside), into the larger envelope marked ‘B’ and seal it.


How do I return my postal vote?

  • Take it to the post box yourself, or hand it in at Halifax Town Hall. You can also take it to your local polling station, on the day of the election day.
  • If you cannot do that, give it to a person that you know and trust to post it for you.
  • Do not hand it over to anyone. Protect your vote.
  • Do not leave it where someone else can pick it up.


Remember that this is your vote - so keep it to yourself. Below is a short video on 'Your vote is yours alone':



Note: You should contact the police if anyone tries to:

  • help you against your will;
  • or force you to give them your postal vote.


What if I move home?

If you move house, you must tell the Electoral Registration Officer right away, or you may lose your postal vote.


Do you want to know more?

If you have any other queries, please contact:


By proxy

To appoint a proxy, you must have a valid reason for not going to the polling station in person, like:

  • you are disabled;
  • or will be out of the area on polling day.

Note: The deadline for applications to vote by proxy is 5pm, 6 working days before a polling day.

The sooner you apply the better! This gives us more time to tell your proxy where to go to cast your vote. An application for a proxy vote is valid for one election only.

Do you need to appoint a proxy to vote on your behalf on a more permanent basis? If yes, you will need to contact us for the relevant application form. You may need to get your application countersigned by your Doctor or other qualified person.

To obtain an application to vote by proxy, contact: Electoral services .

Forms are also available in a larger print version, on request.


Always open first panel: 
For more about voting, please visit: About my vote (The Electoral Commission).

Do you require assistance?

Wheelchair users

Please be aware: Some polling stations do not have easy access for electors with disabilities.

For these polling stations, a note to that effect will be included on your poll card.

Other voting arrangements can be made for electors who are unable to access polling stations.

You can also apply for postal or proxy voting.


Blind or partially sighted voters

Tactile voting templates and large print ballot papers are available at all polling stations.

You can take a companion to assist you, or ask the Presiding Officer at the polling station for help.

You can also apply for postal or proxy voting.


Voters with learning disabilities

For an easy read guide for people with a learning disability, visit: Mencap - Guides to voting .


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