The Electoral Commission

The independent body which oversees elections and regulates political finance in the UK

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How to vote

In the UK, there are three different ways you can vote:

  • In person at a polling station
  • By post
  • By proxy (someone voting on your behalf)

How you vote is up to you. It may depend on what you find easiest or most convenient. Most people vote in person at a polling station. However, if you are not able to go to the polling station in person on election day, you can apply to vote by post or by proxy.

Find out more about the ways of voting, or how to apply for a postal or proxy vote on Your Vote Matters

Different elections in the UK use different voting systems.

Find out about the systems used in each election

Poll cards and polling stations

If you’re registered to vote you will receive a poll card before the election telling you when to vote and where your polling station is.

Local authorities must review the areas or buildings that polling stations are in every five years. Certain people can appeal these reviews by contacting us.

Read more about how to appeal

Information for disabled voters

All voters have a right to vote independently and in secret. Local authorities in Great Britain now have to take proactive steps to ensure that polling stations don't disadvantage disabled people. Similar arrangements apply in Northern Ireland, but they are the responsibility of the Electoral Office for Northern Ireland.

Read more about disabled people's voting rights (PDF)