Voting

Poll cards are usually sent to all registered electors about five to six weeks before an election. This is normally before people can apply for postal or proxy votes.

Everyone allowed to vote should get a poll card. This gives the date of the election, where their polling station is and the hours of voting. You don’t need to take the card with you to be able to vote.

For all elections polling stations are open from 7.00am to 10.00pm.

Postal votes are sent out approximately two weeks before an election. Postal votes must be received by the close of poll on the day of the election. They can be delivered to any polling station in your electoral area on the day of the election.

Polling station

There will be at least two staff in the polling station – a presiding officer and one or more assistants known as poll clerks.

You will be asked for your name and address. If you have a poll card it will help our staff but you will still be asked to confirm your name and address. It does not matter if you have forgotten your poll card you will still be able to vote if you are registered.

You will be given a ballot paper, which you take to a voting booth. We will mark the register to show that you have voted. You will not be able to vote again in the same election.

The booths let you vote secretly. If you need help, for example if you are blind, you can ask the presiding officer to help you or you can take someone with you. You must tell the presiding officer if you need to do this.

You will see how many candidates you can vote for. If you vote for more than that your vote will not be counted.

After marking your paper, fold it in half and put it in the ballot box next to the staff working at the polling station.

If you make a mistake you should ask the presiding officer for a replacement. Your spoilt ballot paper will be taken away and will not be placed in the ballot box.