How to vote
In order to vote in the UK you must be on the electoral register. Find out more about registering to vote.
In the UK, there are three different ways you can vote:
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.
Different elections in the UK use different voting systems. Find out about the different systems used on the About My Vote 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.
If you forget or lose your poll card, you can still vote – visit online polling station checker to find out where to vote, or contact us on 01543 308125 and we will be able to tell you which polling station you need to go to.
Information for disabled voters
All voters have a right to vote independently and in secret. Councils have to take proactive steps to ensure that polling stations don't disadvantage disabled people. Find out more on the Electoral Commission's website.
Mencap have created a pack to help people with a learning disability to understand voting and politics. This pack helps people with a learning disability (PWLD) and their support workers to understand what voting is, why it is so important, and how you can vote.
Download Mencap's voting factsheet (PDF)
Download Mencap's 'All about voting' factsheet (PDF)