How to vote

How do I vote?

Poll cards are delivered shortly before an election to all registered electors.  Each member of your household who is eligible to vote should receive a poll card which informs them of the:

  • date of the election
  • polling hours (currently 7am to 10pm for all elections)
  • location of the polling station - find your polling station
  • deadlines for postal and proxy vote applications

You do not need to take your poll card with you to be able to vote.

When you arrive at the polling station, the Presiding Officer will ask you to confirm your name and address and will give you a ballot paper.  After marking your vote, you should fold the ballot paper in half and place it in the ballot box, which will be found next to the staff working at the station.

Can I vote by post?

You must be registered under the new Individual Electoral Registration system, to be eligible to vote by post. You can check this by contacting the Electoral Services Office.

You may choose to vote by post if it would be easier for you. You do not need to give a reason why you want a postal vote. A postal vote can be temporary (for one election) or permanent (for all elections). Your application must be made in writing.

There is always a last date to receive postal vote applications in time for a particular election.  The date and time will be advertised closer to the election date.

Postal votes are sent out several days before an election.  This is to ensure that you have sufficient time to receive, complete and return your ballot paper.  You will receive instructions with your ballot paper on how to complete your postal vote.

If you have a postal vote, you cannot vote in person at a polling station. If you do not have time to post your completed form, you can hand it in at a polling station within your area on the day of the election.

For an application form or more information, please contact the Electoral Services Office.

Can I vote by proxy?

You must be registered under the new Individual Electoral Registration system, to be eligible to vote by proxy. You can check this by contacting the Electoral Services Office.

If you think that you will not be able to vote in person, you may be able to vote by proxy, which means that you will nominate someone to vote on your behalf. A proxy vote can be temporary (for one election) or permanent (for all elections).

You will need to give a reason why you want to appoint a proxy.  For example, you might request a temporary proxy vote because you will be on holiday, or you might request a permanent proxy vote because of long-term ill health.  A permanent application must be supported by a relevant third party such as your doctor or employer.

A person can vote as proxy for any number of direct relations (husband, wife, parent, grandparent, brother, sister, child or grandchild). A person cannot vote as proxy for more than two voters who are not direct relations.

Your proxy must be eligible to vote in the type of election concerned, although they do not have to be currently registered to vote.

For an application form or more information, please contact the Electoral Services Office.

Contact us

Electoral Services Office

Room 51 (Ground Floor)
County Hall
Wakefield
WF1 2QW

01924 305023