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How to vote

On this page you can find information about how to vote, poll cards and polling stations, and information for disabled voters. 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:

  • In person at a polling station
  • By post
  • By proxy (someone voting on your behalf)

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.

Find out more about the ways of voting, or how to apply for a postal or proxy vote on About my vote

Different elections in the UK use different voting systems.

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 – your local authority can tell you where your polling station is. You can find their contact details by entering your postcode on About my vote.

Local authorities must review the areas or buildings that polling stations are in every five years. Certain people can appeal these reviews by contacting us.

Information for disabled voters

All voters have a right to vote independently and in secret. Local authorities in Great Britain now have to take proactive steps to ensure that polling stations don't disadvantage disabled people. Similar arrangements apply in Northern Ireland, but they are the responsibility of the Electoral Office for Northern Ireland.

Read more about disabled people's voting rights (PDF)


This resource pack should 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' (PDF)