How to vote

Voting in person 

If you are registered to vote, you will receive a poll card with the election date and the location of your polling station.

At the polling station

  • Polling stations are open from 7am until 10pm on election day.
  • You don't need to take the poll card to the polling station, but it speeds up the process if you do.
  • Tell the staff your name and address or give them your poll card. 
  • The staff will check the details on the Register of Electors and give you your ballot paper. 
  • The ballot paper lists the candidates and how many you can vote for.  
  • A large print of the ballot paper is available for you to look at before you vote and there is also a Tactile Voting Device which can help you mark your ballot paper.  
  • Go to one of the voting booths and put a cross (X) on the ballot paper next to the candidate(s) you're voting for
  • Take the ballot paper back to the staff and place it in the ballot box.  
  • If you need help with any part of the voting process, just ask the staff.

Voting by post

  • Anyone who is registered to vote can ask for a postal vote for all elections or for a particular election date only. 
  • Postal ballot papers are sent by first class post about 10 working days before the election and can be sent to your home address or a work or university address
  • You then fill in the postal vote statement and ballot paper and return it in the postage paid envelope to the Returning Officer by 10pm on election day.

Apply to vote by post

You can fill in a postal vote application at any time during the year, but there are deadlines when elections are running. If you would like to vote by post, you need to fill in an application form - please:

Voting by proxy

Voting by proxy means getting someone to vote for you. You need to give a reason why you’re applying for a proxy vote, for example:

  • being away on polling day
  • having a medical issue or disability
  • not being able to vote in person because of work or military service

You can apply to vote by proxy for a single election on a specific date, for a specific period or permanently.

Apply to vote by proxy

You can fill in a postal vote application at any time during the year, but there are deadlines when elections are running. If you would like to vote by proxy, please:

In most cases, you need someone to sign your application form to confirm your reasons for a proxy vote. 

Data Protection

We will only use your personal information in accordance with the Data Protection Legislation and the Representation of the People Acts. We will not give information about you to anyone else, or use information about you for other purposes, unless the law allows us to. For more information, please

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Gloucestershire
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