On polling day you can vote between 7am – 10pm on the day. Please check the details on your poll card to see which station you should be voting in.
No. As long as you are on the electoral register you do not need to bring your polling card along with you to vote, however it does help polling staff to deal with you quicker.
If you are registered as an Anonymous Elector, you will be sent a letter from the Electoral Services Department of your local Council. You must take this letter with you to the polling station in order to vote.
No, you do not need to provide identification to vote. When you arrive, staff will ask you to confirm your name and address and then cross off your name on their checklist.
Yes. Any voter who arrives at the polling station before 10pm and is still waiting to receive their ballot paper at 10pm will be able to vote. Legislation was changed in 2013 to allow this to happen.
- A device to enable blind or partially sighted voters to vote unaided.
- At least one large-print version of the ballot paper displayed inside each station to assist partially-sighted voters.
- Any voter with physical disabilities who is unable to vote without assistance or who is unable to read may be assisted either by a companion or by the presiding officer at the polling station.
The law requires that every ballot paper has a unique serial number and that a record is kept of the serial number of every ballot paper that is issued to every voter.
At the close of the poll, the documents which list the serial numbers of the ballot papers and the list of to whom they have been issued are sealed in special packets and cannot be opened unless a court order to do so is obtained.
The reason this is done is to enable checks to be made should a legal challenge be made to the result of the election. It is possible in UK law for the result of an election to be challenged through what is known as an election petition.
It is possible for the eligibility of an elector’s right to vote to be challenged in the courts after an election. If the challenge is successful, the court can order that the ballot papers of any electors who were not eligible to vote be retrieved and their votes discounted, and the result of the election changed to reflect the removal of these votes from the total.
This is a very unusual occurrence.
There are legal processes in place to protect the identity of electors and how they have voted from being discovered. It is only in circumstances where a court orders that it should be done.
There is only a very short period in which a challenge can be made – 21 days from the date of the election, and if no challenge is made in that period, all documents are subsequently destroyed.
If you make a mistake whilst marking your ballot paper, you should ask the presiding officer for a replacement paper. Your spoilt ballot paper will be taken from you and will not be placed in the ballot box. However if you have already placed your ballot paper into the ballot box it is too late to change it.