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). Staff will ask you to state your name and address, even if you give them your poll card. You will then be given the relevant ballot paper(s) for the election. Take the paper(s) to a booth so that you can cast your vote in secret. Once you have marked it place it in the ballot box. After the close of poll the box is 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.
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