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How and where to vote

How and where to vote

Find your polling station

How to vote

If you are registered to vote you will be sent a poll card before an election.

If you do not receive a poll card then please contact us or Telephone 01376 552525 and ask for the Election Team 

Voting in person at a polling station

Your poll card tells you when the election will be held and where to go to cast your vote. It will make it easier to find you on the electoral register if you take the poll card with you to the polling station, but you can still vote without it.

At the polling station, the poll clerk or presiding officer should ask you for your name and address, once this is confirmed they will issue you with a folded ballot paper.

You should take the ballot paper to one of the voting booths and follow the voting instructions on the top of the Ballot Paper and will also be displayed on a notice in the polling booth.

If you make a mistake or spoil your paper you can take it back to the presiding officer and request they issue you with another.

When you are happy with your vote, fold the ballot paper and put it into the ballot box.

Assistance disabled and visually impaired voters

There are a number of provisions in place for people with disabilities. These include a device called a 'selector', which enables blind or partially-sighted people to vote unaided. There are ramps allowing easier access to polling stations, and provision for voters who are unable to vote without assistance to be helped by a companion. Alternatively, a blind or partially-sighted voter can request assistance from the presiding officer on duty.

Alternatives to voting at a polling 

If you are not going to be around on polling day you can complete the application form to either vote by:

  • Post  - we send you your ballot papers 10 days before the election for you to vote and return to the Election Office by Close of Poll (10.00pm) on election day  
  • Proxy - If you are going to be away from home in the period leading up to an election you can nominate a relative or friend to vote for you.