Voting in person

Voting in person takes place in polling stations on the day of an election or referendum

You cannot vote if you are not registered. Applications to register to vote must reach us by midnight, 12 working days before an election.

Polling station voting

After you have registered to vote, the only way to cast your vote is in person unless you have also successfully applied for a postal or proxy vote.

Your allocated polling station

You can only vote at the polling station that has been designated to you.

Poll cards sent to polling station voters before an upcoming election will show the address of the elector’s allocated polling station, along with a map of the area.

Do I need to take ID to my polling station?

You do not need to bring any identification to your polling station.

Staff inside the polling station will ask for your name and address, check the register and then mark your name off the list before issuing your ballot paper(s).

Travelling to your polling station

We don't provide transport to polling stations. If you cannot travel to your designated polling station, you can apply for a postal or proxy vote. Please be mindful of the following deadlines:

  • Postal vote applications (including postal proxy) and requests to change existing postal or proxy arrangements (including cancellations) must reach us by 5pm, 11 working days before an election.
  • New proxy vote applications (excluding emergency proxies and postal proxies) must reach us by 5pm, 6 working days before an election.

Polling station opening times

Polling stations are open from 7am until 10pm on polling day.

If you have queries when you visit your polling station

Presiding Officers are in charge of polling stations and they can provide advice or assistance if required.

Further information about voting in person can be found on the Electoral Commission website