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How to vote

To vote at an election your name must be on the Register of Electors.

Shortly before an election you will be sent a poll card which will tell you:

  • the address of your polling station
  • date of the election
  • hours of polling
  • your elector number and address.

You do not need to take the poll card with you to be able to vote, though it may help if you do.

How to vote in person

On arrival at your designated polling station, the Presiding Officer will ask you to confirm your name and address and will issue you with a ballot paper, which will be marked with an official stamp.

You should take the ballot paper to the voting booth and mark with a "X" the candidate(s) you wish to vote for. Fold the ballot paper and deposit it in the ballot box.

How to vote if you cannot get to Polling Station on Election Day

If you are unable to go to your Polling Station on Election Day, you can apply to vote by post or proxy.

You can vote by post permanently, or just at a particular election. Around 10 days before polling day you will be sent your postal voting pack which includes a postal voting statement and a ballot paper. You complete the statement and ballot paper as per the instructions and post it back to us in the envelope provided. It must arrive with us before 10pm on polling day.

Proxy voting means having someone you trust cast your vote for you, in your polling station or by post.

Anyone can vote by proxy at any election on a temporary basis, or you can apply for a permanent proxy vote if you:

  • have a disability
  • are away from home for education reasons
  • are away from home for employment reasons
  • live overseas
  • are away from home working as a Crown Servant or in the Armed Forces

Proxy application forms can be downloaded and printed. A paper copy of the application form can then be sent to Electoral Services.