How to vote
There are three ways to vote: in person at a polling station, by post, or by proxy. However, you can only vote if you are on the electoral register. Find out about registering to vote.
Voting in person
Most people choose to cast their vote in person at a local polling station. Voting at a polling station is very straightforward. A member of staff will be available to help if you're not sure what to do.
If you are on the electoral register, you will receive a poll card before the election telling you where and when to vote. The polling station is often a school or local hall near where you live.
The poll card is for your information only – you do not need to take it to the polling station in order to vote.
If you are unsure that you registered, please call us on 01695 585014 and we will check for you.
Find more information about voting in person (external link).
If you'd prefer to vote by post instead of going to a polling station you need to apply for a postal vote. Application forms are available to order online or by phone. Please remember that there is always a last day to receive applications to vote by post. This is usually 11 days before an election.
Postal votes can be sent anywhere, either inside or outside the UK (if, for example, you are going on holiday). Remember, though, that if the address is outside the UK it will take time to reach you and for you to return it in order for your vote to be counted.
If you move you must tell the electoral registration officer immediately, or you will lose your postal vote.
If you want to vote by post you must be individually registered. If you need to do this go to register online (external link) or contact the elections office, tel 01695 585018 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Find more information about voting by post (external link).
A proxy voter is someone whom you appoint to vote on your behalf if you can't get to the polling station on election day. If you decide to appoint a proxy you must find someone who is willing to vote for you. Application forms are available online or by phone:
See contact details in the contact panel on the right of this page.
Please remember that there is always a last day to receive proxy vote applications in time for a particular election. This is six working days before election day.
If you want to vote by proxy you must be individually registered. If you need to do this go to register online (external link) or contact the elections office, tel 01695 585018 or e-mail email@example.com
Find more information about voting by proxy (external link).