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Voting in Person
Voting in person at a polling station is very straightforward and there is always a member of staff available to help if you're unsure what to do.
For your information you will be sent a polling card prior to any election which will have on it your polling number, name and address, along with the address of your polling station, the date of the election and the hours of polling. For example, your polling station may be your local library, church hall or community centre. If someone in your household does not receive a polling card and they are eligible to vote, or if the polling cards are not in the correct names please contact us immediately.
If you have lost your poll card, you can find out where your nearest polling station is by using our polling station finder. Click on the link and enter your postcode to display your polling station location.
What to do on Election Day
On election day, go to your local polling station. Polling station opening hours are 7am - 10pm. If you are disabled and need assistance getting to the polling station, contact your electoral registration office to find out what help is available. You can also ask to have a companion with you when you vote, or staff in the polling station may be able to help you.
Tell the staff inside the polling station your name and address so they can check that you are on the electoral register. You can show them your poll card, but you do not need it to vote.
The staff at the polling station will give you a ballot paper listing the parties and candidates you can vote for. It will be stamped with an official mark. You may be given more than one ballot paper if there is more than one election on the same day. If you have a visual impairment, you can ask for a special voting device that allows you to vote on your own in secret.
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.
Finally, when you have marked your vote, fold the ballot paper in half and put it in the ballot box. Do not let anyone see your vote. If you are not clear on what to do, ask the staff at the polling station to help you.
For further information please contact Electoral Services on 0115 8764111 or email us at email@example.com. For further information regarding your right to vote and how to vote, please click here to visit the Electoral Commission's About My Vote web pages.