You can only vote in elections and referendum if your name is on the Register of Electors.

The following people are allowed to vote:

  • People aged 18 or over
  • British, Commonwealth, Irish and some European Union Citizens
  • Members of HM Forces and their spouses
  • Crown servants employed outside the United Kingdom
  • Overseas Electors - in national elections and referendums only

Poll cards are delivered shortly before an election. The poll card tells you about the date of the election and where your polling station is. You do not need to take the poll card with you to be able to vote. however it does make things quicker.

  • Polling stations open from 7:00 am to 10:00 pm.
  • On arrival at your polling station, the polling station staff will ask you to confirm your name and address, will verify your identity by checking your photo ID and will issue you with a ballot paper(s).
  • Once you have voted, fold the ballot paper(s) and deposit it in the ballot box.

You cannot turn up at a polling station of your choice to vote - you need to go to the polling station that is stated on your poll card. You can also find where you polling station is by visiting our dedicated Election Candidates and Polling Stations page.

If you are unable to go to the polling station on election day, you can also apply for a Postal Vote or Proxy Vote.

Last updated: Friday, 10 March 2023 4:24 pm