If you are on the electoral register, you will receive a poll card before an election takes place telling you where, when and the opening hours of your polling station. The poll card is for your information only, and you do not need to take it to the polling station in order to vote.
If you have not received a poll card you can register to vote at www.gov.uk/register-to-vote
In the UK, there are 3 different ways you can vote. How you vote is up to you: Polling Station, Postal or by Proxy.
Who can Vote?
- If you are 18 years or over
- All British, Commonwealth, Irish and other European Union citizens
- Overseas electors
- Members of HM Forces and their spouses
- Crown Servants employed outside the United Kingdom
- European citizens are allowed to vote in European and Local Elections only
Overseas electors are allowed to vote in Parliamentary and European elections only.
The following 5 steps explain how to vote at your polling station on election day:
- On election day, go to your local polling station. Opening hours are 7:00am – 10:00pm
- Give the staff inside the polling station your name and address so they can check that your are on the electoral register
- You will be given a ballot paper listing 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. Mark a cross (X) in the box to the right of the name of the party or candidate you want to vote for. Do not write anything else on the paper or your vote may not be counted
- Finally, when you have marked your vote, fold the ballot paper in half and put it in the ballot box. Do not let anyone see your vote
If you are not clear on what to do, ask the staff at the polling station to help you.
Unable to get to the Polling Station?
If you are unable to go to your Polling Station on Election Day, you can apply to vote by post or proxy (a proxy is someone who votes on your behalf).