If you are registered to vote you will receive a poll card shortly before an election. This will tell you where your polling station is, what day the election is being held and other election information. Your polling station is most likely be a school, community centre or church hall near where you live. The poll card is for your information - you do not need to take it to the polling station in order to vote, though it will save time if you do.

How to vote at a polling station

On election day, go to the polling station shown on your poll card, which will be open from 7.00am to 10.00pm. Tell the polling staff your name and address - they will check that you are on the electoral register. Your poll card may help with this.

You will be given a ballot paper listing the candidates you can vote for - and you may be given more than one ballot paper if there is more than one election on the same day. Take your ballot paper into a polling booth, read it carefully, and mark a cross (X) next to the candidate(s) you wish to vote for. Do not write anything else on the ballot paper or your vote may not be counted. Do not let anyone see your vote. When you have marked your vote, fold the ballot paper in half and put it into the ballot box.

If you are unable to vote in person you can apply to vote by post or you can appoint a proxy to vote on your behalf.

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