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Polling stations

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​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 mislaid 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.

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's my polling station?

Enter your postcode to find your polling station to see where you can go to vote.

Find your local 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.

  1. Go to the desk and tell the staff your name and address. They will give you your ballot paper.
  2. Take your ballot paper to a voting booth.
  3. Read the instructions in the booth and mark your ballot paper.
  4. When you have marked your ballot paper, fold it so that nobody can see how you have voted.
  5. Put your folded ballot paper into the ballot box. 

Contact

0300 303 0345

Phone: Monday-Friday 8.30am-5.30pm.
Closed for training Monday 11am-11.30am.

Elections Team
Governance and Committee Services
Floor 2
Number One Riverside
Smith Street
Rochdale OL16 1XU​​

 

Key dates leading up to the next election

​3-8 August 2018 - as part of annual canvass residents receive Household Enquiry form to confirm details. Annual canvass.

7-16 September 2018 - non-responding residents reminded of annual canvass.

6-21 October 2018 - canvassers call at non-responding households to gather information.

18 November 2018 - non-responders to the annual canvass will receive a final letter. 

1 December 2018 - register of electors published.

1 December 2018 - residents can register to vote from this date.

12 April 2019 at midnight - deadline for registering to vote in the election.

15 April 2019 at 5pm - deadline for registering for a postal vote.

24 April 2019 at 5pm - deadline for registering for a proxy vote.

2 May 2019 - local election day.