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How and where to vote

If you are eligible to vote in an upcoming election we will send you a poll card telling you when, where and how to vote.

Who can vote

COVID-19 safety

We are working hard to ensure that polling stations will be safe places to vote on 6 May. Please keep yourself and others safe by:

  • wearing a face covering
  • bringing your own pen or pencil
  • cleaning your hands when entering and leaving the polling station
  • keeping a safe distance

You should not attend the polling station if you have symptoms of COVID-19, or if you have been asked to self-isolate. There will be provisions in place to apply for an emergency proxy vote if required due to health circumstances.

If you would prefer not to attend your polling station on the day you may wish to consider another option, such as applying for a postal vote.

Vote at a polling station

Polling stations are open from 7am to 10pm on the day of an election ("polling day").

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

You do not need to take your poll card with you.

Find your polling station

Your poll card also tells you where your polling station is.

Vote by post or proxy

Instead of going to your polling station, you can vote by post or choose someone to vote on your behalf (proxy).

Apply to vote by post or proxy

If you are voting by post, your vote must be with us by 10pm on polling day to be counted. If you can't post your postal vote pack in time, you can take it your polling station or to Merton Civic Centre on polling day.

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.

Voting from abroad

If you move abroad you can usually register as an overseas voter for up to 15 years after leaving the UK – see Voting if you move or live abroad (GOV.UK).

You can vote by post or proxy, if you’re eligible.

Postal votes for this election are due to be despatched around mid-April. Therefore overseas voters may wish to set up a proxy vote to have someone they trust vote on their behalf.

Who you can vote for

You can find the list of candidates in a "Statement of Persons Nominated" on our Official Notices page after the deadline for nominations has closed.

More information is available on the independent Who Can I Vote For website (Merton Council is not responsible for this website).

For Mayor of London and London Assembly Elections, information about the candidates can be found on the London Elects website.

It is up to the parties and the candidates to send you information. Sometimes they may not do so. You need to contact them if you have heard nothing. Our Electoral Services staff cannot send you any information that may favour one candidate over another. For some elections - for example, for the Mayor of London - you may be sent information about all the candidates.

What happens to your ballot paper

Ballot papers and the lists of electors are sealed up separately at the close of the poll and are held securely. The ballot papers are then counted. After that, they can only be opened if a High Court orders it. Even in this case, the law prevents an individual elector's vote from being disclosed.