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How to vote

Voting in person

Once registered to vote, you can vote in person at your appointed polling station between 7am to 10pm on the day of election.

Details of your polling station will appear on your poll card that will be sent out to you a few weeks before the election.

If you lose or forget your poll card you can still vote without it, but it is easier if you have it with you. Anonymous electors must take their Poll Cards with them to vote as their names do not appear in the Electoral Register.

Apply for a postal vote

You can choose to vote by post because you might not be able to get to your polling station on the day of election or because it might be more convenient.

Postal vote packs are usually sent out about 10 to 15 days before election day. They must be completed and returned by 10pm on the day of the election.

To apply for a postal vote, you can download a postal vote application form and return it to your local elections office

Please remember to complete a new postal vote application whenever you change your address or name (as your signature might be affected). In order to vote by post at any given election, you must have submitted your application by 5pm, 11 working days before polling day. 

Apply for a proxy vote

You can appoint someone you trust to vote on your behalf, but you must be registered to vote and provide a reason why someone else is placing your vote for you. 

Your appointed proxy must either vote in person at your appointed polling station or apply to vote by post as your proxy. 

You can only vote by proxy on an indefinite basis for the following reasons:

  • because you have a disability
  • you are registered as an overseas voter
  • you are attending an educational course 
    or
  • you are a crown servant or member of the armed forces (or are the spouse or civil partner of someone who is).

To vote, you will need to tell your appointed proxy which candidate(s) 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 requested a postal proxy vote or already voted on your behalf at the polling station.

To apply for a proxy vote, you can download a proxy voting application form and return it to your local elections office

In order to vote by proxy at any given election, you must have submitted your application by 5pm, 6 working days before polling day. 

Apply for an emergency proxy

An elector can appoint an emergency proxy to vote at their appointed polling station on their behalf at an election after the normal deadlines have passed, up to 5pm on polling day, in the following circumstances:

  • medical condition, illness or disability arising after the deadline for ordinary proxy applications 
  • mental health patient detained under civil powers
  • occupation, service, or employment means they cannot go to the polling station in person, and they became aware of this after the deadline for ordinary proxy applications has closed.

To apply for an emergency proxy vote, you must contact your local elections office as soon as you can after the normal proxy deadline has passed.

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Last updated 26 July 2021