Ways of voting

Voting in person

Your local Electoral Registration Office will send you a poll card just before an election telling you where and when to vote.

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.

Polling stations are open from 7am to 10pm on the day of the election (‘polling day’), and are usually located in public buildings like schools or local halls.

When you get to the polling station

Give your name and address to the staff inside the polling station when you arrive. You do not have to take your poll card with you.

If you’re in Northern Ireland you’ll need to show photo ID (your passport, driving licence, Electoral Identity Card or certain kinds of Translink Smartpass).

You’ll be given a ballot paper containing a list of the people, parties or the options you can vote for.

Filling in your ballot paper

  1. Take your ballot paper into a polling booth.

  2. Follow the instructions on the notices in the polling booth and on the top of the ballot paper to vote.

  3. Put it in the ballot box.

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 device so that blind and visually impaired people can vote.