How to vote

Vote in person

Elections on 6 May 2021

Polling stations will be safe places to vote and the following measures will be in place:

  • Social distancing – Where possible, keep 2 metres apart. The number of people allowed in a polling station at any one time will be limited, so you may have to queue.
  • Face coverings - please wear one unless you have a good reason not too
  • There will be screens between staff and electors
  • Hand sanitiser will be provided at the polling station entrance and exit.
  • There will be pencils available to mark your ballot papers, but you can bring your own pen or pencil if you wish.

If you do not wish to go to the polling station to vote, you can apply to vote by post or by proxy.

The polling stations are open from 7am until 10pm on polling day and the address of each one appears on a polling card sent to each elector a few weeks before the election or referendum.

  • on voting day, go to your polling station. This is usually a school, local hall or public building near where you live
  • when you arrive, tell the staff your name and address. You don't need your voting card but it helps
  • you will be given a ballot paper for each poll which will have a list of candidates and their political parties
  • the ballot paper will tell you how many votes you have or you can check with a member of staff. Go to a polling booth so that you can make your vote in secret
  • put a cross next to the candidate you wish to vote for, fold your ballot paper in half and put it in the ballot box

If there is anything you are unsure of please ask a member of staff at the station.