How to vote in person

Most people vote in person at a local polling station. This is very easy and our staff are always there to help.

If you are on the electoral register, you will get a poll card before the election telling you where and when to vote.

The poll card itself is for your information only. You do not need to take it to the polling station to vote.

The polling station is often a school or local hall near where you live.

Follow the five steps below to cast your vote:

On election day, go to your local polling station between 7am and 10pm

If you are disabled and need assistance, contact us and we will be able to help you. Our staff in the polling station can help you on the day.

Tell the staff inside the polling station your name and address

They can check you are on the electoral register. You can show them your poll card, but you do not need it to vote.

The staff at the polling station will give you a ballot paper

The ballot paper lists the parties and candidates you can vote for. You may be given more than one ballot paper if there is more than one election on the same day.

If you have a visual impairment, you can ask for a special voting device that allows you to vote on your own in secret.

Take your ballot paper into a polling booth so that no one can see how you vote

Read the ballot paper carefully, it will tell you how to cast your vote.

Do not write anything else on the paper or your vote may not be counted.

Mark your vote, fold the ballot paper in half and put it in the ballot box.

A pencil will be provided for you to cast your vote, but you can use your own pen if you prefer.

If you use a pen, please ensure that the ink dries before you fold your ballot paper. If it smudges, your vote may not be counted.

Do not let anyone see your vote.

If you are not clear on what to do ask our staff at the polling station to help you

More detailed information about voting at a polling station is available on the Your Vote Matters website.

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