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. Most people vote at a polling station. If you are not able to go to the polling station 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 our Your Vote Matters website.

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.

Information for disabled voters

Everyone has a right to vote independently and in secret. If you are registered to vote or someone has asked you to vote on their behalf (as their proxy), no one can stop you from voting because of mental or physical incapacity.

Disabled voters can:

  • Ask the person in charge at the polling station (the Presiding Officer), to mark the ballot paper for them
  • Bring someone to the polling station to help them vote (this person must be an immediate family member over 18 years old, or someone else who is registered to vote)
  • Use a plastic device that is fixed onto the ballot paper to help them vote
  • See a large-print version of the ballot paper

Helping people access the polling station

Councils decide where to set up polling stations in their area. When doing this they need to consider access for disabled voters. If someone can’t get into the polling station because of a physical disability, the Presiding Officer can take the ballot paper to them.