Voting in person, by post or proxy
Three ways to vote
Depending on your circumstances and where you are registered, there are three ways to cast your vote.
- in person This means going to the polling station to vote on polling day.
- by post This means your council will send you a posting voting pack so you can complete your ballot paper at home and return it in the post
- by proxy This is when you are unable to go to the polling station yourself so you ask a trusted person to vote on your behalf
Find out more about each one, if they are available to you, and how to use them.
Voting in May 2021
There are elections in England, Scotland and Wales on 6 May 2021. This includes elections that were postponed from May 2020.
Enter your postcode to find out which elections are taking place in your area.
Polling stations will be safe places to vote in these elections, or you can vote by post or by proxy if you can’t or don’t want to go to the polling station.
Voting in person
You can vote in person at the polling station at the elections in May.
Your elections team is already making plans to help you stay safe at the polling station. There will be safety measures in place to help you stay safe, so be prepared to follow the signage and any instructions.
Voting by post
To vote by post, you need to complete a postal vote application form. The process for applying for a postal vote hasn’t changed.
If you want to vote by post, apply early and give your elections team plenty of time to process your application.
Voting by proxy
To vote by proxy, when you ask someone you trust to vote on your behalf, you need to complete a proxy vote application form. The process for applying for a proxy vote hasn’t changed.
You can choose to vote by proxy for just one election, or have a permanent or long-term proxy vote.
If you want to vote by proxy, apply early and give your elections team plenty of time to process your application.