Voting in person

Voting in person takes place in polling stations on the day of an election or referendum. You cannot vote if you are not registered to vote. After you have registered to vote, the only way to cast your vote is in person unless you have also successfully applied for a postal or proxy vote.

Polling stations are open from 7am until 10pm on polling day. You do not need to bring any identification with you. Staff inside the polling station will ask for your name and address, check the register and then mark your name off the list before issuing your ballot paper(s).

Your allocated polling station

You can only vote at the polling station that has been designated to you.

Poll cards sent to polling station voters before an upcoming election will show the address of the elector’s allocated polling station, along with a map of the area.

If you have queries when you visit your polling station

Presiding Officers are in charge of polling stations and they can provide advice or assistance if required.

Someone else can assist you at the polling station (for example a support worker) if they are either:

  • A qualified elector (and they have not already helped more than one other person vote), or
  • A close relative (father, mother, brother, sister, spouse, civil partner, son or daughter – if they are aged 18 years or over)

More information about voting in person can be found on the Electoral Commission website.

Other voting methods (absent voting)

If you cannot visit your designated polling station on polling day, you can apply for a postal or proxy vote. Be mindful of the following application deadlines:

  • Postal vote applications (including postal proxy) and requests to change existing postal or proxy arrangements (including cancellations) must reach us by 5pm, 11 working days before an election.
  • New proxy vote applications (excluding emergency proxies and postal proxies) must reach us by 5pm, 6 working days before an election.

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