How to vote
Vote in person
If your name is on the electoral register you can vote in person during elections. You can find out all you need to know about what to do on the day by reading the guidance on the government website.
You will receive a poll card before the day of the election explaining which polling station to use. You can also find out where you should cast your vote with using the 'find my polling station' web page.
If you haven't received your poll card on the day of the election, don't worry, you can still cast your vote. Staff at the polling station will check that you are on the register, and if your name appears, you will be able to vote.
Proving your identity
From 4 May 2023, you'll need to show photo ID when you vote in person or as a proxy for someone else. Find out more about voter ID requirements and how we will protect your privacy.
Vote by post
If your name is on the electoral register and you can't get to the polling station on the day of the election you can apply to vote by post.
You should make sure you submit your application for a postal vote at least 11 working days before the election you want to vote in.
We will send your ballot paper to the address recorded on the electoral register. You should receive it between 10 and 6 days before polling day.
Apply for a postal vote
You will need to complete an application form and return it to the council’s Election Office. You can find the application form and further information about postal votes on the government website.
You may be able to vote by post from abroad under certain circumstances. Visit the government website to find out more.
Vote by proxy
If you are on the electoral register and can’t cast your vote in person or by post, you can apply for a proxy vote. A proxy vote means someone nominated by you can cast your vote for you.
The nominated person will then be able to visit a polling station or vote by post on your behalf. They will need to show their ID when they do this. Find out more about voter ID requirements.
Apply for a proxy vote
You will need to complete a form and state why you can’t vote in person to apply for a proxy vote. You must return your application to your local Electoral Registration Office at least 6 working days before polling day.
You may be eligible to vote by proxy from abroad under certain circumstances. Visit the government website to find out more.
Accessibility at polling stations
To support you when you're voting in person, our polling stations have:
- accessibility ramps
- pencil grips
- magnifying glasses