You are allocated a polling station based on where you live.

You can ask somebody to vote on your behalf at the polling station. This is called Proxy voting.

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 forget it you will still be able to vote.
  • If you are registered and your name is on the electoral register you will be given a ballot paper. You will be advised by the staff if you can vote for more than one candidate.
  • Go to the booths provided and mark a cross (X) in the box on the right hand side of the ballot paper. Fold the ballot paper and do not show anyone your vote, place your ballot paper into the ballot box and leave the polling station.

If you make a mistake on the ballot paper tell the staff and you can be issued with a replacement ballot paper and the original will be marked as spoilt.

Assistance for people with disabilities

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 print 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.

Mencap: Easy read guide to voting in the local elections

RNIB (Royal National Institute for the Blind): Your rights: Voting and elections - Advice for people with sight loss.