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Voting at a polling station

Voter ID - you need to use photo ID to vote at a polling station

If you are registered to vote, you can cast your vote in person at your local polling station. Voting at a polling station is very straightforward and there is always a member of staff available to help if you're not sure what to do.

If you are on the electoral register, you will receive a poll card before the election telling you where and when to vote.

Please do check your poll card to make sure you know which polling station to go to - we made changes to some polling stations this year.

What appears on the poll card will be the correct one for this election. You can also check your polling station using your postcode.

How do I vote at a polling station?

Important notice - if you vote at a polling station you now need to show photographic ID. Find out more about Voter ID.

On election day, go to your local polling station - this will be shown on your polling card. Polling station opening hours are 7am - 10pm. Check your polling station using your postcode.

You must take photographic ID to prove your identity when you vote. This could be your passport, photo driving licence or some other types of ID. Find out more about Voter ID and what to do if you don't have any photographic ID.

You don't need to take your polling card with you to vote but you must take photographic ID. You can take your own pencil or pen with you to vote if you want to, but if you don't, a pencil will be provided.

Because some polling stations have changed, please look out for signs that will tell you if you're not in the right place.

When you get to the polling station:

  • Give the polling clerk your name and address.
  • Show your photographic ID to the polling clerk.
  • They will check that you are registered to vote and check your photo ID. They will give you your ballot paper.
  • You will be given one ballot paper.
  • Choose the candidate you want to vote for and mark the ballot paper next to their name with an X.
  • Your ballot paper will tell you how many candidates you can vote for. In most elections you will only be voting for one candidate, but check your ballot paper carefully.
  • When you have cast your vote, put your ballot paper in the box. The polling clerk will tell you what to do.

If you are disabled and need assistance getting to the polling station, contact our elections team by emailing to find out what help is available. You can also ask to have a companion with you when you vote.

If you have a visual impairment, you can ask for a special voting device that allows you to vote on your own in secret.

Your vote is yours alone