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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.

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Covid-19 : The Government is planning to enable voters who have tested positive for COVID-19, or are self-isolating, to apply for an emergency proxy vote at short notice before election day. This means they can still have their say without having to leave their home.
You can also continue to apply to vote by post.

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

For all major elections, we will send a poll card to you, if you are registered to vote in that election.

Most electors can vote without their poll card if 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.

We can accept a completed application form (pdf only) by e-mail to our e-mail address on the right of this web page.

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 choose to have your ballot paper sent either: 
  • to your registered address, or
  • to an alternative address if you give us a valid reason.

Further information on postal voting.

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

We can accept a completed application form (pdf only) by e-mail to our e-mail address on the right of this web page.

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 need to give a reason and in some cases get someone to support your application.

Further information on proxy voting.

During an election, there are provisions in place for voters with disabilities.  
Documents are available in a larger print version on request.
At polling stations, we have a template device which helps visually impaired people to mark their vote on the ballot paper. 
If you prefer, you can ask our presiding officer on duty for help. You can also take a companion with you to help you if you wish.

Most of our polling stations have easy access. Please be aware that a few polling stations may have steps or restricted access.