In order to vote at an election you must be on the register of electors.

Voting in person at a polling station

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. If you have applied to vote by post, you will not be able to vote at the polling station and will receive a poll card to inform you that you have a postal vote. If you are not registered as an elector, you will not be able to vote.

Postal Voting

You can apply for a postal vote for all elections, or for a particular election, without giving a reason. You can have your ballot paper delivered to your registered address or, provided you can supply us with a reason, to an alternative address.

Proxy Voting

Alternatively, you can apply for someone else to vote on your behalf. This person is called a proxy. If you choose to vote by proxy for a particular election you are required to give a reason, such as illness, disability, employment or attending a course. If you choose to vote by proxy for all elections, you will need to give a reason and get someone to support your application. The people who are qualified to support your application are listed in part 6a of the application form.

Voters with disabilities or impaired vision

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 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.

Contact details

Electoral Services
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