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Voting at the polling station

If you are registered to vote we will send you a poll card as soon as possible after an election is announced. (The exception is at some parish/town council by-elections. If the parish/town council decides they do not want poll cards issued).

The poll card will confirm your details on the electoral register, the date of polling day and which polling station you can vote at on polling day.

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Please note. If you change your registration details during the election period, this may affect your entitlement to vote at the election. The poll card may no longer be valid.

It will make it easier for our staff to find your name on the electoral register if you take the poll card with you to the polling station.

Most electors can still vote without their poll card provided their name is on the register at the polling station.

On arrival at your polling station, the presiding officer will ask you to state your name and address. They will then issue you with a ballot paper marked with the official imprint.

Take the ballot paper to one of the voting booths. Mark an "X" in the box on the right hand side of the paper. This should be against the name of the candidate(s) you wish to vote for. The maximum number of votes you are allowed is listed at the top of the ballot paper.

If you make a mistake or spoil your paper, you can take it back to the presiding officer and ask for another.

When you are happy with your vote, fold the ballot paper and put it into the ballot box.

If you have applied to vote by post you will not be able to vote at the polling station. You will receive a poll card to inform you that you have a postal vote.

You can view a map of the polling districts in Cornwall using our online mapping system.