You can only vote in person at your designated 'polling station' on election day, during opening hours.
A polling card will be delivered to you prior to the election date letting you know:
- your designated polling station
- the times you can attend to cast your vote
When you arrive at your designated polling station you'll be given ballot paper listing the candidates you can vote for. You may be given more than one ballot paper if multiple elections are taking place in your local area on the same day.
Take your ballot paper into a (private) polling booth and read it carefully - it will tell you how to cast your vote and how to 'mark your ballot paper' correctly; you should mark an ‘X’ against the one candidate you want to elect to represent your constituency.
Tell the polling staff if you make a mistake on your ballot paper - they can provide a replacement ballot paper as long as you haven't already put yours in the ballot box.
Fold your completed ballot paper in half, show the back to the Presiding Officer and then place it in the ballot box. When votes are counted, the candidate who receives the most votes is elected as MP for your constituency.
Polling card problems
If you do not have a pollling card you can:
- check you're registered to vote at the correct address using the register of electors
- find your designated polling station using the register of electors or by contacting Electoral Services
- still vote at your designated polling station by providing your name and address to the polling clerk
If you've received a polling card for a previous resident at your address contact Electoral Services to arrange an 'electoral review' so that incorrect names can be removed from the register. In the mean time you should distroy any invalid polling cards (for electors who are no longer residents at your address).
Other ways to vote
Find out more about voting in person via www.yourvotematters.co.uk or contact our Electoral Services team for further advice or assistance with voting.