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.
What will happen?
- On arrival at your polling station the Presiding Officer will ask you to state your name and address. Providing you are eligible to vote at that election, they will then issue you with a ballot paper.
- You should take the ballot paper to one of the voting booths and mark a "X" in the box on the right-hand-side of the paper against the name of the candidate(s) you wish to vote for. The maximum number of votes you can make is detailed at the top of the ballot paper. Do not put any other mark on the ballot paper or your vote may not be counted.
- 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.
Anyone can apply for a postal vote and it is easy to apply!
To apply for postal voting, complete this form: Application to vote by post [PDF 62KB] .
For security reasons you will need to provide a sample signature and your date of birth. Your ballot paper will be sent out approximately 2 weeks before a polling day.
The deadline for applying for a postal vote is 5pm, 11 working days before a polling day. The earlier you apply the better.
You can have your postal vote sent to a different address, but you will need to tell us why.
To appoint a proxy, you must have a valid reason for not going to the polling station in person. For example, 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 earlier 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 so, 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 available in a larger print version on request.
Further information on voting can be found at The Electoral Commission website, visit: About my vote .
Do you require assistance?
Some polling stations do not have easy access for electors with disabilities. For these, a note to that effect will be included on the elector's poll card. Other voting arrangements can be made for electors who are unable to access polling stations. Electors may apply for a postal or proxy vote.
Blind / partially sighted voters
Tactile voting templates and large print ballot papers are available at all polling stations. You can take a companion with you to assist you or ask the Presiding Officer at the polling station for help. You can also apply for postal or proxy voting.