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Participation resources for local authorities

On this page you will find resources to support your public awareness work on encouraging voter registration and providing information on elections.

These resources – for use by electoral administrators and communication teams – include advertising templates, press releases and practical materials to encourage public participation in the electoral process.

If you have any queries, please email info@electoralcommission.org.uk.

Promoting voter registration

Here you will find general resources for promoting voter registration. These include templates for posters, information leaflets and guidance on how to register to vote.

Click here to view resources for promoting voter registration

May 2014 elections - UK campaign

European Parliamentary elections – Overseas campaign

Scottish Independence Referendum – 15–17 campaign

Service voters

Great Britain annual canvass 2013–2014

Additional registration forms and information

Providing voter information

Here you will find general resources for providing information on voting and election processes.

Click here to view resources for providing voter information

Voter materials guidance – Making your mark

Here you will find best practice guidance and example materials for using when designing voter materials, including ballot papers, guidance notices in polling stations and polling booths, postal voting materials and bilingual materials.

Click here to view the full list of Making your mark resources

Full guidance

Guidance by section

Section 1: Introduction (PDF) Section 2: About this guidance (PDF)
Section 3: General design considerations (PDF) Section 4A: Ballot papers (PDF)
Section 4B: Polling station notices (PDF) Section 4C: Polling booth notices (PDF)
Section 4D: Postal voting guidance (PDF) Section 4E: Postal voting statements (PDF)
Section 4F: Declarations of identity (PDF) Section 5: Bilingual materials (PDF)
Section 6: Detailed guidance (PDF)
Appendix 1 (PDF) Appendix 2 (PDF)

Example materials

Polling station notices
Example polling station notice English colour A4 (PDF)  Example polling station notice bilingual colour A4 (PDF)
Example polling station notice English colour A2 (PDF) Example polling station notice bilingual colour A2 (PDF)
Example polling station notice English greyscale A4 (PDF) Example polling station notice bilingual greyscale A4 (PDF)
Example polling station notice English greyscale A2 (PDF) Example polling station notice bilingual greyscale A2 (PDF)

Polling booth notices
Example booth notice English colour A4 (PDF) Example booth notice bilingual colour A4 (PDF)
Example booth notice English colour A2 (PDF) Example booth notice bilingual colour A2 (PDF)
Example booth notice English greyscale A2 (PDF) Example booth notice bilingual greyscale A4 (PDF)
  Example booth notice bilingual greyscale A2 (PDF) 

Postal voting quick start guides

Example postal voting quick start guide - first past the post election GB English A4 (PDF)
Example postal voting quick start guide - first past the post election GB - bilingual A4 (PDF)
Example postal voting quick start guide - single transferable vote election Scotland - English A4 (PDF)
Example postal voting quick start guide - first past the post election Northern Ireland - English A4 (PDF)
Example postal voting quick start guide - single transferable vote election Northern Ireland - English A4 (PDF)

Postal voting statements

Example postal voting statement - GB English A4 (PDF)
Example postal voting statement - GB bilingual A4 (PDF)
Example declaration of identity Northern Ireland - English A4 (PDF)

Order hard copies and download images

Order hard copies

You can order hard copies of our 'Register to vote' leaflet and our service voters registration pack completely free. Phone our orderline on 0845 8500 501, or order materials by email.

Download images

We also have a selection of images that you can use, which are available on our flickr site.
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