How to vote

Voting in person at a polling station

You will be sent an official poll card just before an election. This will tell you when to vote and at which polling station. You can only vote at the polling station listed on your card.

A list of polling stations can be downloaded below:

The map below shows ward/area boundaries in Adur and Worthing. The locations of polling stations are shown as pink circles (if this information is not displayed on the map please make sure that the 'Electoral information' check box is selected):

You can still vote if you've lost your polling card.

If you are unable to go to your polling station then you may choose to vote by post or proxy. You can find out more here:

At the polling station

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

Give your name and address to the staff at the polling station when you arrive. They will give you a ballot paper which will list your voting options. Notices in the polling booth and on the top of your ballot paper will tell you how to fill in your ballot paper correctly. Do not let anyone else see your vote.

Voting if you're disabled

If you have a disability that may make voting in person more difficult, here are some of the ways we can help:

  • assistance to complete electoral registration forms and postal vote packs, either over the phone or in person at Worthing Town Hall
  • all polling stations are accessible to wheelchair users and people with limited mobility
  • you can choose to take a companion (close relative or friend qualified to vote at the election) with you for assistance
  • if you are blind or partially sighted we can provide a special tactile voting device (TVD), and a large print display version of the ballot paper is available at every polling station

If you are unable to travel to your polling station then you may choose to vote by post or proxy. You can find out more here:

Supplementary voting

Elections for mayors and for Police and Crime Commissioners use the Supplementary Voting system. Under this system voters vote for both a first and second preference choice. If no candidate receives more than 50% of the first preference votes, the second preference votes are added up and the candidate with the most votes is elected.

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Page last updated: 16 March 2021

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