Voting in person
You can vote in person at your local poll station.
Before every election (except for parish elections, unless the parish council chooses to have poll cards) we deliver poll cards to everyone registered and entitled to vote. These tell you the date of the election, what the election is, what the voting hours are and where your polling station is located.
What to do when you get to the polling station
Put simply, you report on arrival to the staff at the station and show them your poll card or tell them your name and address. They will check that you are registered and mark you off on their register. They'll also give you a ballot paper (your vote). You take it to one of the voting booths and mark it in secret. You then put it in the ballot box at the station and leave. That's all there is to it!
If you lose your poll card, or one fails to be delivered for any reason, that's not a problem. You don't need it to vote so long as you are registered. Just go to your polling station and give your address. The staff will check you are registered and, if so, issue you with your vote.
If you cannot get to your polling station on election day
If you cannot to get to your polling station on election day, you can apply to vote by post up to 11 working days before the date of the election, or by proxy up to six working days before the date of the election (a proxy is someone who votes on your behalf).