Guidance for (Acting) Returning Officers administering a UK Parliamentary election in Great Britain

Polling station voting

This part of the guidance focuses on the preparations you will need to make in advance of polling day and some of the issues that you, as RO, may need to consider on the day.

It covers what equipment and materials you will need to provide for polling stations, information on polling station set-up and managing the close of poll.

Our polling station handbook covers in detail the voting procedures and what polling station staff can expect on polling day. 

Polling station handbook – UK Parliamentary election (PDF) - We are updating this resource to reflect new measures introduced by the Elections Act 2022. It will be available again once the updates have been completed. If you are running a UK Parliamentary by-election you should contact your local Commission team for support and advice.

You can find our guidance on the identification of suitable polling stations in our section on booking suitable polling stations.  

Last updated: 19 December 2023