How do I vote?

There are three different ways to vote. You can choose which way you want to vote. You can vote:

  • in person at a polling station
  • by post
  • by proxy (someone voting on your behalf)

These are strict deadlines for postal and proxy vote applications.

In person

You will be sent a poll card ahead of the election. If you can, take this with you to the polling station on polling day (although you don't have to). When you get to the polling station, give your name and address to the staff inside the polling station and we will give you a ballot paper to vote with.

By post

If you have received a postal vote, please read the guidance attached to the ballot paper which outlines how to complete your postal vote. A video can also be viewed here which outlines further guidance on how to complete your postal vote correctly.

When you submit your postal vote, your date of birth and signature will be checked against the details you provided in your postal vote application. 

If you are disabled or cannot provide a consistent or distinctive signature, we may grant you an exemption. Please contact us for more information.

You can learn more about postal votes on GOV.UK and on the Electoral Commission websites.

Apply to vote by proxy

In certain circumstances you may be able to appoint someone to vote on your behalf, this is known as voting by proxy. You can either apply for a proxy at a specific election only, or apply for an indefinate proxy.

Application to vote by proxy at a specific election or referendum

Application to vote by proxy indefinitely for reasons of employment

Application to vote by proxy indefinitely for reasons of disability

Application to vote by proxy indefinitely for reasons of being overseas

Application to vote by proxy indefinitely due to serving in the Armed Forces

Application to vote by proxy indefinitely due to being a Crown Servant