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How to vote


Voting at a polling station

You will receive a polling card with details of your polling station. Please check this carefully as your usual polling station may have changed. You may still vote without your polling card.

Polling stations open from 7am to 10pm on the day of the election. 

If you are unable to get to the polling station on the day of the election there are other options on this page. A video from the Electoral Commission on YouTube has useful information about absent voting (voting by proxy or postal vote):

Registering to vote

Most people are registered at their current address, but you need to check if you have recently moved house, changed your name or nationality, or recently turned 18. If you are unsure if you are registered, you can email

Voting by post (postal vote)

You can still vote even if you are unable to go to your polling station on election day. You may now receive a postal vote on request. Please note that postal votes are normally sent out approximately one week before polling day.

If you think you will need a postal vote at a forthcoming election, you can apply today whether or not an election has been called.

Applying for a postal vote

Postal ballots are sent out approximately two weeks before an election and completed postal votes have to be received by the Returning Officer before 10pm on election day.

You need to consider if this timeline fits with your personal circumstances. We would advise you to consider applying for a proxy vote if you will be out of the country before your postal ballot is sent.

We cannot guarantee delivery of postal vote packs outside of the UK.

Downloading a postal vote application form

You can download a form, complete it and return it by post to us

Alternatively, you can scan and send it to us by email at:

Proxy voting

You can appoint someone to vote on your behalf at your usual polling station, but you have to provide a reason to vote by proxy for a single election. You can only vote by proxy on an indefinite basis for the following reasons: physical incapacity, overseas voter, studying at university and certain occupations such as armed forces.

You need to tell your proxy which candidate or candidates you wish to vote for.

If you change your mind and wish to vote in person, you can still do so, providing that your proxy has not already voted on your behalf.

Downloading a proxy vote application form

You can download a form, complete it and return it by post to us

Alternatively, you can scan and send it to us by email at:

Emergency proxy

In the case of medical emergencies, a proxy or postal vote may be applied for up to 5pm on polling day. This application must be attested by a medical professional.

You can also apply to vote by emergency proxy if your occupation, service or employment means that you cannot go to the polling station in person, and you only became aware of that fact after the proxy vote deadline.

Please note: to apply for a proxy or postal vote, you must already be registered to vote.

Refreshing absent vote identifiers

Legislation requires the Electoral Registration Officer to conduct an annual review of every person who remains a postal ('absent') voter, and whose signature held on record is more than five years old. These will be sent a notice in writing requiring them to provide a fresh signature if they wish to retain their postal vote. The notice will require the elector to supply a specimen of their signature and if this is not received within six weeks of the date of the notice their absent voting facility will be cancelled.

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