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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.

What happens at the polling station?

  • When you enter the polling station, the staff will ask you to confirm your name and address.
  • You don't need to bring your poll card with you, but this might help staff find you on the electoral register.
  • The staff will then ask you to produce an ID document that is on the list of acceptable of ID
  • As long as your photo matches your appearance and the name on the ID matches that on the register, the staff will give you a ballot paper.
  • You can then 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.

Last updated Thursday, 16th March 2023

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