How to vote

Voting in person

Make sure that you are registered to vote by the election or referendum deadline given on our official notices, poll cards or web pages.

The deadline is usually 12 working days before polling day.

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

You only need to register to vote once, unless you change your address, name, or nationality. You do not need to re-register every time an election or referendum is held.

ID to vote

You now need to bring photo identification to vote in person at a polling station.

Polling station details will appear on your poll card. This will be sent out to you a few weeks before each 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.

Voting anonymously

If you are registered to vote anonymously for your safety, voting in person is slightly different as your name does not appear in the Electoral Register.

If you are an anonymous voter and want to vote in person, you need to apply for an Anonymous Elector's Document ahead of polling day which you must take with you to vote, along with your poll card.

Last updated 18 December 2023