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How to Vote

There are several ways to vote. The most common is in person at a polling station, but you can also vote by post or allow somebody else to vote on your behalf (in special circumstances).

  • In Person

    This is the traditional way to vote in the United Kingdom. You can only vote in elections if your name is on the Register of Electors. Registration needs to have taken place 12 working days prior to polling day. Poll cards are delivered shortly before an election (except for some parish elections where the Parish Council may decide that these are not required). Each member of the household who is eligible to vote should receive a poll card which informs them of the date of the election, where their polling station is and the hours of poll. You do not need to take the poll card with you to be able to vote.

  • By Post

    To arrange a postal vote you must be on the Register of Electors and confirmed through Individual Elector Registration. The link will take you to the form that you need to complete a form to apply for a postal vote. Applications to vote by post must be received by the Electoral Registration Officer by 5pm on the 11th working day before polling day. You are required to provide personal identifiers of a signature and a date of birth, which will be stored by the Council and used to verify postal votes. If you have been sent a postal vote you cannot vote in person at a polling station. If you want to cancel or modify an existing postal vote, this must be done in writing and received by 5pm on the 11th working day before poll.

  • Allow Someone to Vote on your Behalf (by Proxy)

    For someone to vote on your behalf (by proxy), you and your proxy must be on the Register of Electors. The link takes you to the form to complete to apply for a proxy vote. Applications can be made for a single election for a specified period or indefinitely, however, you will need to provide a reason for your application and where the application is permanent, you will need to get someone to support it. Applications to vote by proxy must be received by the Electoral Registration Officer by 5pm on the 6th working day before poll. You will need to tell your proxy which candidate you wish to vote for. If you change your mind and want to vote in person, you can still do so providing your proxy has not already voted on your behalf.

  • Emergency Proxy

    If after the deadline has passed to obtain a normal proxy (5 days before polling day) you become aware that you are unable to vote in person because you either have a medical emergency or for work reasons, you can apply for an emergency proxy. Completed applications must reach us by 5pm on the day of poll.

  • If you are unable to provide a signature (Waiver application)

    You or someone on your behalf (eg friend, spouse, partner, family) can apply for a Waiver, giving the reason why you are unable to provide a signature or it is inconsistent. If accepted you will not be required to provide a signature on either your postal vote or proxy vote application or postal vote identifiers for any election. Please contact the Elections Team by telephone on 01354 654321 or by e-mail at to request a Waiver Application form.

  • Find your Polling Station

    Find out where your Polling station is