Electoral register contains the names and addresses of people who are registered to vote.
A new electoral register is published on 1 December each year. Information is requested from each person entitled to vote in order to produce the new register.
In order for you to vote your name must be on the electoral register and you must be 18 years old or older. If your name is not on the electoral register you will not be able to vote.
If you want to be put on the electoral register you can Register to vote
The Open register is an extract of the electoral register, if you're registered on the electoral register your name and address will be included in the open register unless you ask for them to be removed.
Removing your details from the open register does not affect your right to vote.
Individual Electoral Registration
In June 2014 a new system came into place where each individual is responsible for registering on the electoral register, the old system required a 'head of household' to submit an application on behalf the residents at an address.
The new system maximises the number of people on the register, makes it more accurate, and reduces the chance of election fraud.
Everybody registered will be sent a poll card before an election.
Poll cards give you information such as:
- The date of the election
- Where your polling station is
- The hours the polling station will be open
You can still vote without a poll card, but it will save time if you take it with you to the polling station and show it to the staff there.
Elections traditionally take place on a Thursday as well as polling stations being open from 7:00 am - 10:00 pm for all elections.
Your poll card will tell you which is your closest polling station.
Voting at a polling station
Polling stations are open from 7:00am to 10:00pm.
- Once you arrive at your polling station hand your poll card to the official polling station staff, if you forgot your poll card just tell them your name and address.
- If you're registered and your name is on the electoral register the staff will give you a ballot paper.
- Go to one of the booths provided and mark a cross(X) in the box on the right hand side of the ballot paper. Fold the ballot paper in half.
- Do not show anyone your vote, place your ballot paper into the ballot box and leave the polling station.
If you make a mistake and require another ballot paper, show it to the staff and ask for another one. They will take your spoilt ballot paper and will give you a replacement ballot paper.
Voting by post
You can receive a postal vote if you apply by eleven working days before an election is held.
Postal voting is convenient as you don't have to go to a polling station to vote.
For detailed information view our Postal vote guidance
Voting by proxy
You can apply for somebody to vote on your behalf, also known as a proxy.
The person you appoint as proxy must be 18 or over and be registered to vote.
When applying via proxy you must provide a reason.
You can apply for a proxy if:
- You are unable to go to the polling station
- You are British citizen living overseas
- Your employment means you cannot go the polling station on polling day
- You are a member of the armed forces
- You have a physical condition that means you cannot go to the polling station on polling day
A person cannot be a proxy for more than two people at any one election or referendum, unless they are a close relative.
Voting with a disability
Each polling station has a lower level polling booth for wheelchair users.
If applicable, any separate disabled access to the polling station is sign posted.
Large printed posters of the ballot paper are displayed and a device to assist blind or partially sighted voters in completing their ballot paper is provided. You can also take a companion with you to help if you can't vote without assistance.
If you have a learning disablity and/or autism, you may need reasonable adujustments to support you to vote in an election. You can download and complete a My Voting Passport and take it with you when you go to the polling station.
Registering to vote: Register to vote easy read guide
Gov.uk: Ways of voting
Kirklees Council: Voting guides in different languages - Guidance about voting in an election, voting at a polling station and postal voting.
Mencap: Voting and registering to vote - Easy read guides and free resources about voting or supporting someone else to vote.
RNIB (Royal National Institute for the Blind): Voting and elections - Advice for people with sight loss.
Acceptable activities related to voting
The absent vote process
Contact electoral services
Electoral Services, Kirklees Council, 3 - 5 Albion Street, Huddersfield, HD1 2NG