Voting in elections and referendums

Voting in person

You can vote in person at your designated polling station from 7am to 10pm on an election day.

Details of your polling station will appear on the poll card that will be sent out to you a few weeks before the elections.

If you lose or forget your poll card you will still be able to vote without it, but it is easier if you have it with you. 

Voting by post

If you are 18 or over and on the electoral register, you can apply for a postal vote. To do so you must complete an application form and return it to us.

Postal vote packs are sent out about 10 to 15 days before election day. They must be completed and returned by 10pm on the day of the election.

There are 3 ways to request an application form for a postal vote.

You can:

Vote by proxy

Voting by proxy means you can appoint someone you trust to vote on your behalf if you are unable to get to the polling station, for example if you are working away, on holiday abroad, or fall ill.

To arrange a proxy vote you must complete an application form and return it to us.

There are 3 ways to request an application form for a proxy vote.

You can:

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