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Ways to vote

The deadline to register to vote in the May 2021 elections is midnight on Monday 19 April.

For information about COVID-19 safety measures that will be in place at polling stations on Thursday 6 May 2021, please visit our dedicated How we're making polling stations COVID-19 safe page.

Vote in person

If you are registered to vote, you will be able to vote at a polling station.

You will receive a polling card with the address and opening times of your polling station on it one month before an election. You can also find your polling station online.

When you arrive at the polling station, you will be asked to confirm your name and address. It is helpful to bring your polling card with you, but if you forget it that’s not a problem.

Once you have confirmed your name and address, you will be given a ballot paper for each election happening on the day and directed to a polling booth.

To cast your vote, mark a cross (X) against the name of the candidate you wish to elect. Then place the ballot paper in the ballot box.

Find your polling station

Support for disabled voters at polling stations

Support for disabled voters is available at polling stations, including:

  • Braille polling cards
  • Large-print polling cards
  • Wheelchair access

Please visit our Arrangements for disabled voters page for more information. Voters with mobility issues may also wish to consider a postal vote.