You will receive your poll cards two weeks before an election. Each member of the household who is eligible to vote should receive a poll card. The card will state 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 and are registered and eligible, please contact Electoral Services.
You do not need to take your poll card or any ID with you when you vote. Poll cards are sent to electors for information purposes, and currently the law does not allow staff at the polling station to ask electors for any form of ID. Electors must confirm their name and address and provided that they are on the electoral register they are able to vote.
Casting your vote
- The hours of poll for all elections is 7am to 10pm
- On arrival at the poll station, the clerk will ask you to confirm your name and address. You will then receive your ballot paper(s)
- The ballot paper(s) has an official stamp/barcode/watermark
- Take the ballot paper to the voting booth and mark 'X' to the right of the candidate(s) or party(s) you wish to vote for
- Deposit your completed ballot paper in the ballot box
Why pencils are used to mark ballot papers in polling stations
Pencils are used at polling stations for practical reasons: with ink pens there is always a risk that they may dry out or spill; ink may cause some transfer of the mark the voter has made on the ballot paper when they fold it, potentially leading to their vote being rejected if, for example, it looks like they have voted for more candidates or parties than they are entitled to. However there is no legal requirement for ballot papers to be marked with a pencil and voters can choose to bring their own pen into the polling station to vote.
Voting guidance for people with learning difficulties
For extra guidance with how to vote, download the easy-read guides below.
To find out more about voting at polling stations, visit the national About My Vote page.