Ways you can vote
Voting at a polling station
The staff at the polling station will give you a ballot paper listing the candidates you can vote for. You may be given more than one ballot paper if there is more than one election taking place on the same day. If you need any advice, just ask the staff at the polling station - they will be happy to help you.
If you are disabled, you can ask for help and the Presiding Officer can mark the ballot paper for you. You can also ask someone else to help you (e.g. a support worker, as long as they are either a relative or an eligible elector and have not already helped more than one other person vote). If you have a visual impairment, you can ask to see a large print ballot paper or you can ask for a special voting device that allows you to vote on your own in secret.
Take your ballot paper into a polling booth so that no one can see how you vote. Read the ballot paper carefully, it will tell you how to cast your vote. Do not write anything else on the paper or your vote may not be counted.
Mark your ballot paper according to the instructions. A pencil will be provided for you to do this, but you may use your own pen if you prefer.
If you make a mistake on your ballot paper, don't worry - so long as you haven't already put it in the ballot box, just let the polling station staff know and they can issue you with a replacement ballot paper.
Fold your completed ballot paper in half, show the back to the Presiding Officer and then pop it in the ballot box.
Anyone can request to vote by post, instead of going to a polling station, providing you appear on the register of electors. If you wish to vote by post you can download the form from
Postal votes are usually sent out a week before election day. You must make sure that your vote arrives back before 10pm on election day for your vote to count. A video about how to complete your postal vote is here: Vimeo - Postal votes explained.
You will not be able to vote in person at the polling station, unless you contact us in writing at least 11 working days prior to any election, to cancel your postal vote.
If anyone tries to help you vote against your will, or force you to give them your postal vote, you should contact the police. If you have any other queries please contact your local electoral registration office, you can get their details from Electoral Commission.
Voting by proxy
A proxy vote means that you appoint someone to vote on your behalf if you are unable to get to the polling station on Election Day, providing you appear on the electoral register.
If you wish to vote by proxy you can download the form:
If you have moved overseas and still wish to vote in UK Parliamentary Elections you may do so by applying to register as an Overseas Elector. You can register, as an overseas elector for up to 15 years since you became resident abroad. If you wish to do so please contact our office for further details.
You cannot vote in local elections if you are registered to vote as an overseas elector, but at Parliamentary elections you may vote by post or by proxy. Postal votes are often issued a week before polling, you may therefore wish to consider if this gives you enough time to complete and return your form. It may be better to appoint a proxy on your behalf.