We send a poll card to all qualified electors before each election. This tells you when, where and how to vote.

You can only vote if you are on the electoral register.

 

Vote at a polling station

Polling stations are open from 7am to 10pm on the day of an election ("polling day"). You do not need to take your poll card with you.

Find your polling station

Go to your polling station, give your name and address, and you will be given a ballot paper.

 

Vote by post

You can vote by post rather than going to your polling station. If you have a postal vote, you can’t vote at a polling station.

Download a Postal Vote Application Form (please print with Page Scaling set to "None").

Postal votes are generally sent out about two weeks before polling day, depending on when you apply.

 

Voting by proxy

If you can’t go to your polling station you can apply to vote by proxy. This means that someone can vote on your behalf. This is useful if you are overseas and it would be difficult to return your postal vote in time.

Your proxy must be legally able to vote and they cannot vote on behalf of more than two people unless they are closely related to them.

If you want to vote by proxy you can download a proxy application form. Please make sure you print with the page scaling set to "None".

You have to give a reason for a proxy application. If applying for a long-term proxy you also normally need to have it countersigned. An emergency proxy vote application must be countersigned.

 

People with disabilities

Most of our polling stations are wheelchair accessible.

Inside the polling station are large print versions of the ballot paper. Voters with poor eyesight can use a special device to help them mark their vote.

There is also at least one booth that is accessible to wheelchairs.

Any voter who has poor eyesight or other physical disability, or who is unable to read, can ask the presiding officer in the polling station to allow a companion to help them.

The companion must be a close relative over 18 or a person who is entitled to vote at the election. The presiding officer can do the same things to help. Everyone has to follow legal rules to maintain the secrecy of the person’s vote.