How to vote at a polling station
Latest updates to voting at a polling station
- Remember, you'll need photo ID to vote at a polling station in the election on Thursday, 4 May 2023. Photo ID accepted at polling stations
- If you are registered as a postal voter and wish instead to vote in person, you will need to cancel your postal vote before you can vote in person at a polling station.
Polling stations are open 7am–10pm on election days.
Everyone who is registered to vote has the right to vote.
Find your polling station
You should 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 Elections Team.
Enter your postcode to find your polling station
Lost your poll card?
You can still vote if you've lost your poll card. The poll card is just information for you.
Go to your polling station and give your name and address to the polling station staff.
What to do when you visit a polling station
Here's what to do if you're visiting a polling station to cast your vote.
It may be useful to take your poll card with you when you go to vote but you do not need it.
To vote at a polling station:
- Go to the polling station, and remember to take an acceptable form of photo ID. If you have a disability you can be assisted by anyone over the age of 18 inside the polling station to help you vote.
- Go to the desk and tell the staff your name and address.
- If your ID is acceptable, they will give you 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 of the polling station. Access and support for disabled people.
- 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.