Voting in person
Polling stations are open from 7am - 10pm.
- The staff at the polling station will give you a ballot paper listing the candidate(s) you can vote for. You may be given more than one ballot paper if there is more than one election taking place in your local area on the same day.
- Take your ballot paper into a polling booth so that no one can see how you vote. Read the ballot paper carefully, it will tell you how to cast your vote. Do not write anything else on the paper or your vote may not be counted.
- Mark your ballot paper according to the instructions. A pencil will be provided for you to do this, but you may use your own pen if you prefer.
- If you make a mistake on your ballot paper, don't worry – so long as you haven't already put it in the ballot box, just let the polling station staff know and they can issue you with a replacement ballot paper.
- Fold your completed ballot paper in half, show the back to the Presiding Officer and then pop it in the ballot box – and that's it done!
If you are disabled, you can ask for help and the Presiding Officer can mark the ballot paper for you. You can also ask someone else to help you (e.g. a support worker, as long as they are either a relative or an eligible elector and have not already helped more than one other person vote).
If you have a visual impairment, you can ask to see a large print ballot paper or you can ask for a special voting device that allows you to vote on your own in secret.
On election day volunteers for candidates called tellers wait outside polling stations and ask voters for the number on their polling card. They use this information to check who's voted so they can remind those who haven't to do so.
They are not acting in any official capacity so you don't need to give them any information if you don't want to.
If you are concerned about the conduct of a teller, speak to the presiding officer at the polling station.