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Voting at a polling station

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.

There will be some changes due to Covid-19 - please watch the video to find out what you need to know.

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 have had to make changes to some polling stations this year. What appears on the poll card will be the correct one for this election.

How do I vote at a polling station?

On election day, go to your local polling station. Polling station opening hours are 7am - 10pm.

We have arrangements in place to help ensure polling stations are safe places to vote. You can expect many of the measures you’ve become used to over recent months in shops and banks, such as hand sanitiser, floor markings and face coverings.

  • Polling stations will be cleaned before they open and regularly throughout the day.
  • You will be required to wear a face covering to go inside a polling station - unless you have a medical exemption.
  • You must also ensure you do not go within two metres of other people.
  • You will be asked to use hand sanitiser as you enter the polling station.
  • Please take a pen or pencil with you to vote. If you forget, you will be provided with a pencil which will be disposed of afterwards.
  • You may need to queue before you enter the polling station due to fewer people than usual being allowed inside at any one time.
  • Once you have voted, please leave the polling station following the signs and instructions from staff.

We will continue our discussions with public health authorities as we prepare for the elections to make sure we are following the most up to date guidance. We will continue to update this page as more information and guidance becomes available. 

If you are disabled and need assistance getting to the polling station, contact our elections team by emailing electoral_services@sandwell.gov.uk 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

 

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