How to cast your vote
Voting at the polling station
If you are registered to vote you will receive a poll card shortly before an election. This will tell you where your polling station is, what day the election is being held and other election information. Your polling station is most likely be a school, community centre or church hall near where you live. The poll card is for your information – you do not need to take it to the polling station in order to vote, though it will save time if you do.
If you choose to vote by post your ballot papers are posted directly to your home address approximately two weeks before the election.
You then simply mark your vote on the ballot paper, complete the postal vote statement with your date of birth and signature and then post this back to us. It is possible to have your ballot papers delivered to an address other than your home address provided that you state the reason for this.
If you wish to vote by post before an election, please note that your application to vote by post must be received by 5pm on the 11th working day before the election.
If you apply to vote by post you will not be able to vote in person at the polling station.
Proxy voting is when you appoint someone to vote on your behalf. The person you choose will then need to go to your polling station to cast your vote.
If you wish to vote by proxy at the next election, please note that your application must be received by 5pm on the 6th working day before the election.
You or your proxy can vote, but not both.