How to Vote

Voting in Person

If you are registered to vote, you will receive a poll card through the post about 28 days before the election. This will tell you where your polling station is.

On polling day, go to the polling station. It will be open 7am to 10pm. You do not need to take your poll card with you but it might save time if you do.

When you arrive, tell the staff there your name and address. If you are eligible to vote in the election, you will be given a ballot paper. On the ballot paper there will be a list of candidates.

Take your ballot papers into a polling booth so no one can see how you vote. Put an X next to the candidate you wish to vote for, fold your paper in half and put it in the ballot box.


We are committed to making sure that everybody who wants to vote can do so and offer a range of services for voters before and on polling day. This includes:

Before the Election

  • Assistance to complete electoral registration forms and postal vote packs
  • Information about registration and voting available in alternative formats on request
On Polling Day
  • Polling Stations accessible to wheelchair users and people who have limited mobility
  • A special device called a Tactile Voting Device available to enable blind and partially sighted to vote in person
  • Large print handheld ballot papers available in every polling station
  • Specially trained staff available to provide information about how to vote, and to provide assistance where required
  • The option of taking a companion (close relative or elector qualified to vote at the election) with you for assistance

If you want to know more about support and assistance available for registration and voting, contact us on 01642 774 774

Voting by Post

Anyone who is individually registered can apply for a postal vote. If you would like to apply for a postal vote, you need to complete an application and return it in good time before an election. If you have moved house or changed your name, you'll need to complete a new postal vote application.

  • Postal votes are usually sent out around 10 days before election day. Once you receive your postal pack:
  • read the enclosed instructions
  • mark your vote on your ballot paper in secret
  • complete your postal vote statement
  • seal both the ballot paper and the statement in the provided envelope yourself
  • post it back yourself as soon as possible
How to Vote by Post

You must return your postal vote by 10pm on polling day. If it arrives later than this, your vote will not be counted. However, you can drop your postal vote off in person at a polling station in the same ward you are voting in.

Signature Waiver

If because of disability or injury you cannot sign your postal vote statement, or cannot sign in the same way every time, you may be able to apply for a signature waiver. For more information about signature waivers, contact us on 01642 774 774.

Easy To Read Voting Guide

Mencap and the Electoral Commission have produce an easy to read voting guide for voters with learning difficulties.

 icon Easy To Read Voting Guide.pdf (1.29Mb)
Last modified: 18/05/2017 09:15:03

Voting by Proxy

Voting by proxy means that you can appoint someone you trust to vote on your behalf if you are unable to get to your polling station.

If you would like to apply for a proxy vote, you need to complete an application form and return it in good time before an election.

Your proxy can vote in person at a polling station. They will be sent a proxy poll card, which they should take to the polling station with them on election day.

Alternatively, your proxy can apply to cast your vote by post. This is known as a postal proxy. Your proxy arrangement must be in place before your proxy applies to vote by post.

In exceptional circumstances, due to unforeseen hospitalisation or being called away from the area through work, it is possible to apply for an Emergency Proxy up until 5pm on election day. Please contact the Electoral Services Unit on 01642 774 774 for more details.

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