Voting in elections

Voting at a polling station

Everyone who is on the Electoral Register and eligible to vote in an election will automatically be able to cast their vote at their designated, local polling station. If this is the case, you should receive a poll card a couple of weeks before polling day. This will give you the details of the election and the address of the polling station you need to go to in order to cast your vote. You can take the poll card with you to the polling station, but you are not required to do so.

How do I cast my vote?

Polling stations are open between 7am and 10pm (please note that doors will close at 10pm sharp).

Due to Bromley taking part in a Voter ID Pilot at the Local Council Elections on 3 May 2018 there will be a requirement for you to provide suitable identification at the polling station in order to vote. Full details can be found on the Voter ID Pilot page. The procedure for voting is as follows:

  • Go to the desk and give your ID to the staff.
  • Tell the staff your name and address and if your ID is acceptable, they will issue you with a ballot paper.
  • Take your ballot paper to the voting booth.
  • Read the instructions in the booth and mark your ballot paper.
  • When you have marked your ballot paper, fold it so that nobody can see how you have voted.
  • Put your folded ballot paper into the ballot box.
  • If you need any help, please ask the staff.

After the close of poll the ballot box is sealed and taken to the count venue where it is opened and counted.

What happens if I cannot attend the polling station?

You can chose to vote by post (when your ballot papers are sent to you) or you can vote by proxy (when you can appoint someone to vote on your behalf), subject to receipt of the relevant completed form by the statutory deadline.

Find your polling station

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Electoral services


Tel: 0300 303 8665

Civic Centre, Stockwell Close, Bromley, BR1 3UH