In UK elections, there are three different ways you can vote. You can visit a polling station, vote by post or vote by proxy (someone votes on your behalf).
- In person: Most people vote in person by visiting a polling station. It is straightforward and a member of staff will always help if you are not sure what to do.
You will receive a poll card in the post telling you where your polling station is. It is often a nearby school or a community centre. If you do not receive your poll card, contact your local council to find out where your polling station is.
Polling stations are open from 7am to 10pm. It is always a good idea to arrive in plenty of time.
- By post: You can apply to vote by post. You will need to fill in an application form and send it to your local electoral registration office. You can find details of your local electoral registration office and get an application form at www.aboutmyvote.co.uk
Your local council can send your ballot paper to your home address or any other address you give.
- By proxy: If you can’t go to the polling station and don’t wish to vote by post, you can apply to vote by proxy. This means allowing someone you trust to vote on your behalf.
You will need to fill in an application form and send it to your local electoral registration office. You can get an application form at www.aboutmyvote.co.uk
When you apply for a proxy vote you have to state why you can’t vote in person. Anyone can be your proxy as long as they are 18 or over and are also registered to vote. They must also be willing to vote on your behalf. You will have to tell them how you want to vote.
If you have a medical emergency, or are unexpectedly or unavoidably called away because of your job, you may be able to appoint an emergency proxy. Contact your local electoral registration office for more information. You can find their details at www.aboutmyvote.co.uk