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How and where to vote

Register to vote

Voting at a polling station

Where do I vote?

Voting by post

Voting by proxy

Polling place reviews

There are many ways you can vote during elections.

Register to vote

You can only vote during an election if you are registered.  The deadline to register to vote for the 2 May 2019 Mayoral, District and Parish elections is Friday 12 April 2019.

Voting at a polling station

If you are registered to vote, then around four weeks before the election you will receive a poll card at your address telling you where to vote and the hours your polling station will be open.

  • On election day, go to the polling station between 7am and 10pm. If you are disabled and need assistance, you can ask to have a companion with you when you vote or staff in the polling station can help you.
  • Tell the staff inside the polling station your name and address. They will check that you are on the electoral register. You can show them your card but you do not need it to vote.
  • The staff will give you a ballot paper. This will list the candidates and the parties you can vote for. You may be given more than one ballot paper if there is more than one election being held that day. If you have a visual impairment, you can ask for a special device that allows you to vote on your own in secret.
  • Take your ballot paper into the booth so that others can't see how you vote. Read the ballot paper carefully, it will tell you how to vote. Do not write anything else on the ballot paper or your vote may not be counted.
  • Fold the ballot paper in half and put it in the ballot box. Do not let anyone see your vote. If you are unsure what to do, ask the staff in the polling station and they will help you.

You can find out more information about how to vote in elections by visiting the Your Vote Matters website.

 You can view an easy read guide for voters with a learning disability..

Where do I vote?

When an election is taking place, you can search here for your polling station by entering your postcode in the box below:

A poll card will also be sent to you with details of your polling station on it.

If you do not know where to vote, please contact Electoral services on 01623 463345 with your address and we will tell you where your polling station is.

Voting by post

Voting by post is an easy and convenient way of voting if you are unable to get to the polling station. You just need to download and complete a pdf icon postal vote application [48kb] and return it to us.

The deadline for applications is 5pm on Monday 15 April 2019.

See Your Vote Matters for more information.

Voting by proxy

As an alternative to postal voting, you can appoint someone to vote on your behalf (proxy voting).

If you already have a postal vote and wish to change to a proxy you must tell us by 5pm on Monday 15 April 2019. The deadline for new proxy applications is 5pm on Wednesday 24 April 2019.

You just need to download and complete a pdf icon proxy vote application form [59kb] and return it to us.

You can apply for a proxy vote if:

  • You are unable to go to the polling station for one particular election (e.g. you are away on holiday).
  • You have a physical condition that means you cannot go to the polling station on election day.
  • Your employment means that you cannot go to the polling station on election day.
  • Your attendance on an educational course means that you cannot go to the polling station on election day.
  • You are a British citizen living overseas.

Unless you are registered blind, or receive one of the required benefit payments, you may have to get someone to support your application to confirm that your reason for applying to vote by proxy is valid.

See Your Vote Matters for more information.

Polling place reviews

The next full polling place review must be started and completed between 1 October 2018 and 31 January 2020.  The last compulsory review was carried out in  2013.

Interim reviews have also been carried out:

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