The traditional way to vote in the United Kingdom is to attend your local polling station and vote in person.
A poll card will be sent to you provided you are registered and eligible to vote in that election. If you have applied to vote by post then you will not be able to vote at the polling station and will receive a poll card to inform you that you have postal vote. If you are not registered as an elector you will not be able to vote.
The poll card tells you when the election will be held and where to go to case your vote, it will make it easier to find your name on the electoral register if you take the poll card with you to the polling station.
If you lose the poll card or forget to take it with you to the polling station, then you can still vote, provided your name is on the register. If you do not receive a poll card then please contact the electoral services office (the contact details are at then end of this page.) who should be able to explain why this may have happened.
On arrival at your polling station the Poll Clerk or Presiding Officer will ask you to state your name and address they will then issue you with a ballot paper marked with the official stamp.
You should take the ballot paper to one of the voting booths and mark an "X" in the box on the right hand side of the paper against the name of the candidate(s) you wish to vote for. The maximum number of votes you can make is detailed at the top of the ballot paper.
If you make a mistake or spoil your paper you can take it back to the Presiding Officer and request they issue you with another. When you are happy with your vote, fold the ballot paper and put it into the ballot box