How to vote

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Where do I go to vote?

You should receive an official poll card before polling day which will give details of where, when and how to vote.

You can vote without a poll card, but it will save time if you take it to the polling station and show it to the clerk there.

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How to vote - via a Polling Station

Note: Polling Stations are open from 7:00am to 10:00pm on polling day.

  • you can find details of your polling station from your poll card
  • go to the Polling Station that is shown
  • tell the Clerk your name and address and hand over your poll card (if you have remembered to bring it with you)
  • the clerk will check the register to make sure your name is listed
  • you will be given a ballot paper for voting
  • go to one of the voting compartments
  • mark a cross (X) in the box on the right hand side of the ballot paper opposite the name(s) of the candidate(s) you are voting for
  • fold the ballot paper in two
  • do not let anyone see your vote
  • put your ballot paper in the ballot box and leave the polling station
  • if you make a mistake and need another ballot paper, show it to the presiding officer and ask for another one

To find your polling station see our:

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Disabled voters - advice and assistance

Only about 1/3 of people with a learning disability vote in the UK - we want to help more people use their right to vote.

We can help voters with disabilities or additional requirements in the following ways:

Before the Election

  • assistance to complete electoral registration forms and postal vote packs over the phone or in person at the Town Hall.
  • we can explain forms to people and can register people to vote over the phone, or if you need help with your postal vote we can show you how to complete it

On Polling Day

  • Polling Stations accessible to wheelchair users and people who have limited mobility
  • a special device called a 'Tactile Voting Device' available to enable blind and partially sighted to vote in person
  • large print handheld ballot papers available in every polling station
  • polling staff available to provide information about how to vote, and to provide assistance where required
  • the option of taking a companion (close relative or elector qualified to vote at the election) with you for assistance

Voting help and advice on other websites

There are lots of free resources and easy read guides about voting, engaging young people in voting, and what the political parties stand for - they can be found on the Mencap website:

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How to vote - Postal votes

Full written instructions are provided in the packs that are sent out and they also include a pictorial guide of how to fill your postal vote form out. They are also included below:

See also:

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How to vote - supplementary voting

A helpful video has been produced (by Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council) to help you when voting in an election that uses supplementary voting:

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Still need more information?

For information about voting, elections or the electoral register please contact the Electoral Services.

You may also be interested in the:

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Who is my current MP and who are my councillors / which ward or constituency do I live in?

Use our street ward and MP search facility:

Or, if you know which ward or constituency you live in then please go direct to our:

  • Adur Councillors webpage
  • Worthing Councillors webpage
  • MPs (Members of Parliament) webpage

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Page last updated: 28 May 2020