You vote in person at a polling station (usually in a public building, such as a school or local hall).
Your poll card
You’ll be sent a poll card just before an election telling you when to vote and at which polling station. You can only vote at the polling station location on your card.
If you have not received a poll card but think you should, contact your local Electoral Registration Office.
You can still vote if you’ve lost your card.
When you can vote
Polling stations will be open from 7am to 10pm on 12 December (‘polling day’).
When you get to the polling station
Give your name and address to the staff inside the polling station when you arrive.
You’ll be given a ballot paper containing a list of the people, parties or options you can vote for.
ID you need to bring
If you live in England, Wales or Scotland you do not need to bring any identification to vote.
You will need to show photo ID to vote in Northern Ireland (your passport, driving licence, Electoral Identity Card or certain kinds of Translink Smartpass).
You do not have to take your poll card with you.
Filling in your ballot paper
Follow the instructions on the notices in the polling booth and on the top of the ballot paper to vote.
Voting if you’re disabled
If you’re disabled, your local Electoral Registration Office can tell you about:
- physical access, for example wheelchair ramps and disabled parking spaces
- low-level polling booths
- equipment for voters with a visual impairment
Every polling station must provide at least one large print display version of the ballot paper and a special tactile voting device (TVD) to help people with sight loss.