At the polling station
You can only vote in elections if your name is on the electoral register (also known as the electoral roll).
You can find your assigned polling station using the map at the bottom of this page.
Poll cards are delivered two weeks before an election. Each member of the household who is eligible to vote should receive a poll card which states the date of the election, the hours of poll and where the polling station is.
If you do not receive a poll card before an election, but think you are registered to vote, please contact Electoral Services (using the details at the bottom of this page). You do not need to take the poll card with you to be able to vote.
Casting your vote
- The hours of poll for all elections is 7am to 10pm
- On arrival at your designated polling station, the poll clerk will ask you to confirm your name and address and will issue you with a ballot paper
- The ballot paper will be marked with an official stamp/barcode/watermark
- Take the ballot paper to the voting booth and mark 'X' to the right of the candidate(s) you wish to vote for
- Deposit your completed ballot paper in the ballot box.
Voting guidance for people with learning difficulties
For those who may need extra guidance with how to vote, due to learning or communication difficulties, an easy-read (Makaton) guide to voting at the polling station, can be downloaded below.
To find out more about voting at polling stations, visit the national About My Vote page.