Registering to Vote
You can click below to access a step-by-step guide for help with registering to vote.
Step-by-step guide to registering to vote.
If you are unable to use the Register to Vote website to register, you can call Electoral Services on 0115 876 4111 to register over the phone.
An Easy Read Guide to the Local Elections on 4th May 2023 can be found by clicking below.
Easy Read Guide Local Elections 4th May 2023.
The Electoral Commission has produced a British Sign Language video on how to register to vote. The video can be accessed by clicking below
Voting in a Polling Station
Support for voters with disabilities
We offer a range of support for voters with disabilities at polling stations, including:
- Accessible venues (wherever possible) to ensure all voters can access the polling place without any obstructions or barriers
- A low level polling booth for wheelchair users
- 2 large print versions of ballot papers (one for display and one for voters to take into the booth with them, if required)
- A Tactile Voting Device (TVD) – a plastic overlay designed for blind and partially sighted voters, which is applied to the ballot paper by the Presiding Officer or a companion (details below) who will then read out the names of each candidate, so that the voter may mark their ballot paper themselves.
- Pencil grips to assist those with dexterity issues
- A small handheld magnifier (plastic credit card size)
- Ballot box slot highlighted for the visually impaired
- Ballot box placed at a low level
- Additional chairs (where space allows) for people to rest when necessary
In addition to the above, the Returning Officer also allows voters with disabilities to use any text-to-speech apps, torch or magnifier that they have on their phone, to assist them in reading their ballot paper, even though mobile phones are generally not permitted to be used in polling stations.
The Electoral Commission has produced a British Sign Language video on what will happen at the polling station when you go to vote. The video can be access by clicking below
How to use a Tactile Voting Device (TVD)
The device is fixed to the ballot paper by a low tack adhesive strip and is lined up to ensure that the numbered flaps are located directly over the boxes on the right-hand side of the ballot paper, in line with each candidate.
The numbered flaps are embossed in black on the surface, which show up against the paper and are also identifiable by touch.
The companion or Presiding Officer read out the names and descriptions of each candidate in the order they appear on the ballot paper or the voter uses the large print ballot paper to assist them in identifying which number candidate(s) they wish to vote for. It is also possible, that the voter may already know who they wish to vote for, if they have visited the website prior to polling day to identify the number(s) of the candidate(s) they wish to vote for.
To cast their vote, the voter lifts the relevant flap to reveal the box on the ballot paper of the candidate(s) they wish to vote for and makes their mark(s). The device is then removed from the ballot paper and the ballot paper is folded and placed in the ballot box.
People who can provide assistance
If you need support to complete your ballot paper, you can take anyone over the age of 18 to act as a companion to assist you at the polling station.
You can also ask the Presiding Officer at the polling station to help you fill in your ballot paper. They are legally bound by the Requirement for Secrecy and your vote will remain secret. If you know which candidate(s) you wish to vote for, you can either use the TVD or instruct the Presiding Officer, in the privacy of the polling booth, to mark the ballot paper(s) on your behalf.
To provide you with information about the candidates standing in your ward prior to attending the polling station, we publish the Statement of Persons Nominated on our website at each election once the nomination process has closed. This list shows the names of each candidate in the order they will appear on the ballot paper, along with their description i.e. party name or independent.
If you don't want to go to the polling station to vote, you can vote by post or vote by proxy. Further information on these different voting methods can be found below.
Voting by Post
A guide on voting by post can be found by clicking below. Further guidance and the Postal Vote application form can be found by clicking here.
The Electoral Commission has created the following video outlining the process of voting by Postal Vote.
Voting by Proxy
A guide on voting by Proxy can be found by clicking below. Further guidance and the Proxy vote application form can be found by clicking here.
The Electoral Commission has created the following video outlining the process of voting by Proxy Vote. Please note this video was created before the introduction of voter ID. From the Election on 4th May 2023, a person voting as a Proxy will need to bring a suitable form of photo ID in order to be issued with a ballot paper.
The Electoral Commission has produced a guide containing information for blind and partially sighted people which can be accessed by clicking below.
Information for blind and partially sighted people
An audio guide of the above document can be found by clicking below.
Audio Guide for blind and partially sighted people
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