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Different ways to vote

Your name must be on the electoral register to be able to vote.

You can vote at a polling station, you can vote by post or you can appoint someone to vote on your behalf using a proxy vote.

You can visit your local polling station and vote in person.

A poll card will be sent to you, provided you are registered and eligible to vote in that election.

Most electors can still vote without their poll card provided their name is on the register at the polling station.

Further information on voting in person.

You can apply for a postal vote for all elections, or for a particular election, without giving a reason.

The deadline for postal vote applications is 5pm, 11 working days before an election. (This excludes Saturdays, Sundays, Good Friday and any other bank holidays).

You can have your ballot paper delivered to your registered address or, provided you can supply us with a reason, to an alternative address.

Further information on postal voting.

You can apply for someone else to vote on your behalf.  This person is called a proxy. 

The deadline for proxy applications is 5pm, six working days before an election. (This excludes Saturdays, Sundays and bank holidays).

You can choose to vote by proxy for a particular election or for all elections, you will be required to give a reason and in some cases get someone to support your application..  

Further information on proxy voting.

During an election, there are a number of provisions in place for voters with disabilities.  There are ramps allowing easy access to polling stations and all forms are available in a larger print version on request.

There is also a template device called a selector, which enables blind or partially sighted people to vote unaided, or you can ask the presiding officer on duty for help. You can also take a companion with you to help you if you can’t vote without assistance.

Please be aware that although ramps are provided where possible, some polling stations may have steps and restricted access for some people wishing to cast their vote.