How and Where to Vote

You can only vote in elections if your name is on the Register of Electors. The following people are allowed to vote:

  • People aged 18 or over
  • 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 - in European and Local Elections only
  • Overseas Electors - in Parliamentary and European Elections only

Please note:

  • European citizens are allowed to vote in European and Local Elections only
  • Overseas Electors are allowed to vote in Parliamentary and European Elections only

Poll cards are delivered shortly before an election. The poll card tells you about the date of the election and where the polling station is. You do not need to take the poll card with you to be able to vote however it does make things quicker.

  • Polling Stations open from 7 am to 10 pm
  • On arrival at your polling station, the Presiding Officer will ask you to confirm your name and address and will issue you with a ballot paper
  • Once you have voted, fold the ballot paper and deposit it in the ballot box

You cannot turn up at a polling station of your choice to vote - you need to go to the polling station that is stated on your poll card.

If you are unable to go to the polling station on election day, you can also apply for a Postal Vote or Proxy Vote.

Last updated 7 November 2019
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