Polling stations open from 7am-10pm on polling day. Everyone who is registered to vote has the right to vote.
Voting at a polling station
Everyone who is entitled to vote will receive a poll card about 2 weeks before election day. This poll card will give you details of your polling station. If you do not receive your card or have lost it and are unsure of where to go to vote, please contact our Electoral Services Office.
It can be useful to take your poll card with you when you go to vote. When you arrive at a polling station, you'll be asked to give your name and address.
You can also ask someone to come along to the polling station with you to help you. For example, a family member who is over 18 or a support worker who can also vote in the same election as you are. They can also help you fill in your ballot paper.
If you don’t have anyone with you and you need help filling in your ballot paper the Presiding Officer can help you. The Presiding Officer is the person in charge at the polling station.
Access and support for disabled people.
At the polling station you will be given one ballot paper. This is a piece of paper with all the names of the candidates on it. You mark the ballot paper by putting an ‘X’ next to the name of the person you would like to represent you.
For the local elections you may have more than one councillor representing your area and so you may be able to vote for more than one person. You then put your ballot paper into the ballot box.
Where is my polling station?
How to vote in a polling station
Here's what to do if you're visiting a polling station to cast your vote.
- Go to the desk and tell the staff your name and address. They will give you your ballot paper.
- Take your ballot paper to a voting booth.
- Read the instructions in the booth and mark your ballot paper.
- When you have marked your ballot paper, fold it so that nobody can see how you have voted.
- Put your folded ballot paper into the ballot box.
You can also watch this video which explains how to vote at a polling station in the local elections.
How to vote in the local elections video on YouTube (43 secs)
Protect your vote
It's illegal for anyone to influence you to vote against your will. Watch the video below to see the many different forms voter fraud can take.
Protect your vote video on YouTube (59 secs)