How to vote

About voting

Around a month before an election, poll cards are delivered by post to all registered electors.

The poll card contains all the information you need to be able to cast your vote, including where you are registered to vote and where your polling station is. If you have a long-term postal vote, the poll card will tell you where your postal vote will be sent.

Each member of the household who is eligible to vote should receive a poll card. If you have still not received your poll card two weeks before the election, please contact Electoral Services as soon as possible.

There are three different ways to cast your vote in an election. Follow the links below to find out more about each way:

Your poll card is sent in advance so that there is plenty of time for you to make changes to your registration or change the way you cast your vote. There is usually a deadline for you to make these changes, so you should read your poll card carefully for this information.

If you’re not sure which way to cast your vote is best for your circumstances, please contact Electoral Services for advice.

If you are a British citizen living overseas, you can register to vote from abroad in UK Parliamentary elections. For more information about this, please see Voting from abroad