How to vote and register

Find information on how to register to vote, how to apply for postal or proxy votes and Voter Identification.

Important voting information

By law, in order to vote you must be included on the Electoral Register.

If you are not on the register, you cannot vote.

Being registered for council tax and/or benefits does not mean that you will automatically be able to vote.

Everyone is now responsible for registering themselves  for information on how to register to vote please see the electoral commissions website here 

  • If you require a postal vote, apply here
  • If you require a proxy vote, apply here
  • If you need to submit a change of name request, apply here
  • Electors will not be able to apply for the following absent votes online but can continue to apply through a paper application: Proxy postal application, Postal waiver application,Proxy application for definite or indefinite period due to disability ,Proxy application for definite or indefinite period due to employment, service etc. Emergency proxy application. Please contact if required. 
  • The full version of the register is available for inspection, under supervision, and by appointment only at the council offices.

See a British Sign Language video on important voting information here:


Find out How to Vote

There are three ways to vote:

At a Polling Station

Before an election you will be posted a poll card. Your poll card will tell you where your polling station is. Your local polling station is where you can vote in person. Polling stations are often at churches, community centres and schools. However they can be in all sorts of places. Polling stations are usually open from 7am to 10 pm. You will be required to show an accepted form of photographic identification from May 2023. Further information can be found here.

By Post

You will be sent a form similar to the registration form. You should fill out the postal vote application and send it to your local electoral services team. Before elections, you will receive a ballot paper in the post.

By Proxy

Voting by proxy means choosing someone else to vote for you. You need to fill in a new form to choose who will vote for you. This person can visit your polling station or apply for a postal vote in order to vote on your behalf

Find out who can Vote

You're allowed to vote if:

  • you're 18 or over,
  • you're a British, Commonwealth, Irish and other European Union citizen,
  • you're a member of the armed forces - or their spouse,
  • you're a crown servant employed outside the United Kingdom (crown servants and European citizens are only allowed to vote in European and local elections)
  • a UK citizen based overseas (overseas electors are only allowed to vote in Parliamentary and European elections)

Find out where and when you can Vote

Polls open at 7am and close at 10pm.

When you arrive at your polling station you'll be asked to confirm your name and address and we will then give you a ballot paper(s).

You can then take the ballot paper(s) to the voting booth and mark with an "X" the candidate(s) you wish to vote for. Fold the ballot paper(s) and put it in the ballot box.

Find your local polling station on the ‘Where do I vote’ website via this link 

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