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How to vote

Vote at a Polling Station

If you choose to vote at a polling station, you have to vote at the polling station allocated to your local polling district, you cannot vote in any polling station. The polling stations are open from 7am until 10 pm on polling day and the address of each one appears on a poll card sent to each elector a few weeks before the election. You can also search for your polling station online.

What happens at the polling station?

  • The staff at the polling station will give you a ballot paper listing the candidates you can vote for. You may be given more than one ballot paper if there is more than one election taking place in your local area on the same day.
  • If you need any advice, just ask the staff at the polling station – they will be happy to help you.
  • If you are disabled, you can ask for help and the Presiding Officer can mark the ballot paper for you. You can also ask someone else to help you (e.g. a support worker, as long as they are either a relative or an eligible elector and have not already helped more than one other person vote).
  • If you have a visual impairment, you can ask to see a large print ballot paper or you can ask for a special voting device that allows you to vote on your own in secret.
  • 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.
  • Mark your ballot paper according to the instructions. A pencil will be provided for you to do this, but you may use your own pen if you prefer.
  • If you make a mistake on your ballot paper, don’t worry - so long as you haven’t already put it in the ballot box, just let the polling station staff know and they can issue you with a replacement ballot paper.  
  • Fold your completed ballot paper in half, show the back to the Presiding Officer and then pop it in the ballot box - and that's it done! 

Staff are there to help so please ask questions if there is anything you are unsure of.

Find your Polling Station

Last updated Wednesday, 8th November 2017

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