Elections and voting
Vote in person
Vote in person
Find out about your poll cards and how to vote in person at a polling station on election day.
Poll cards will be issued to all registered electors as soon as possible after the notices of election have been published at the end of March.
If you have not received a card by 5 April 2024 it may mean you are not registered. If you have moved in early 2024 you need to have ensured you have re-registered at your new address. Contact our elections team if you have not received a poll card.
- Email firstname.lastname@example.org
- Call 01992 564411
Poll cards have changed
In order to list all the suitable forms of photo ID acceptable at a polling station, poll cards are now A4 size and will be delivered in an envelope.
A list of acceptable forms of photo ID can be found on the Electoral Commission website.
The photo ID does not have to be valid provided that the photograph is still a suitable likeness. If you do not have any of the photo ID listed, you can apply for a Apply for photo ID to vote (called a ‘Voter Authority Certificate’) on GOV.UK. This will be posted direct to your registered address.
The poll card will list the different types of elections for your electoral area. This may include PFCC, district and parish electoral wards. Not all areas will have all elections as some parishes may not be contested. You will be given 1, 2 or 3 ballot papers, which will be different colours. It will say how many votes you have on each ballot paper.
Voting in person at a polling station
To vote in person at a polling station, you must go to the polling station location on your poll card. You’ll be sent a poll card just before an election telling you when to vote and at which polling station.
You do not have to take your poll card with you. You can still vote if you’ve lost your card.
When you get to the polling station
- Give your name and address to the staff inside the polling station
- Show the staff your voter ID
- You’ll be given a ballot paper with a list of the people and parties you can vote for. To vote, follow the instructions on the notices in the polling booth and on the top of the ballot paper