Wednesday 15th July 2020
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Voting in person

If you are on the electoral register, you will receive a poll card before the election telling you where and when to vote. The polling station is often a school or local hall near where you live. The poll card is for your information only, and you do not need to take it to the polling station in order to vote.

The following five steps explain how to vote at your polling station on election day:

  1. On election day, go to your local polling station. Polling station opening hours are 7am - 10pm. If you are disabled and need assistance getting to the polling station, contact us to find out what help is available. You can also ask to have a companion with you when you vote, or staff in the polling station may be able to help you
  2. Tell the staff inside the polling station your name and address so they can check that you are on the electoral register. You can show them your poll card, but you do not need it to vote
  3. The staff at the polling station will give you a ballot paper listing the parties and candidates you can vote for. It will be stamped with an official mark. You may be given more than one ballot paper if there is more than one election on the same day. If you have a visual impairment, you can ask for a special voting device that allows you to vote on your own in secret
  4. Take your ballot paper into a polling booth so that no one can see how you vote. Read the ballot paper carefully, it will tell you how to cast your vote. Do not write anything else on the paper or your vote may not be counted
  5. Finally, when you have marked your vote, fold the ballot paper in half and put it in the ballot box. Do not let anyone see your vote. If you are not clear on what to do, ask the staff at the polling station to help you

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Voting by post

How can I vote by post?

Who can apply for a postal vote?

Where can I get my postal vote sent?

When will I receive my ballot papers?

When you get your postal voting papers:

When you want to vote:

When you return your postal vote:

Remember that this is your vote - so keep it to yourself

If anyone tries to help you against your will, or force you to give them your postal vote, you should contact the police. If you have any other queries, ring us.

Keep your postal vote safe

Voting by post is an easy and convenient way of voting if you are unable to get to your polling station on the day of an election. But remember, your postal vote is for you, and nobody else.

Find out more about voting at Your Vote Matters.

Your Vote 



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Voting by proxy

Voting by proxy is a convenient way of voting if you are unable to get to the polling station. By proxy just means that you appoint someone you trust to vote on your behalf. This section tells you how voting by proxy works.

How can I vote by proxy?

Can I apply for a proxy vote?

When can I apply to vote by proxy?

Who can vote on my behalf?

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