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Getting ready to vote in the next General Election

The General election is on the 12th of December 2019

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The General election is on the 12th of December 2019


Ways of voting

You can vote:


Voting in person

You’ll be sent a poll card just before an election telling you when to vote and at which polling station. You can only vote at the polling station location on your card.

You vote in person at a polling station (usually in a public building, such as a school or local hall).

Give your name and address to the staff inside the polling station when you arrive.

You’ll be given a ballot paper containing a list of the people, parties or options you can vote for.


ID you need to bring

If you live in England, Wales or Scotland you do not need to bring any identification to vote.

You will need to show photo ID to vote in Northern Ireland (your passport, driving licence, Electoral Identity Card or certain kinds of Translink Smartpass).

You do not have to take your poll card with you.


Filling in your ballot paper

Follow the instructions on the notices in the polling booth and on the top of the ballot paper to vote.


Finding your Polling station:

Your poll card will tell you which polling station you should vote at. Polling stations are open from 7am until 10pm on election day.


Voting if you’re disabled

If you’re disabled, your local Electoral Registration Office can tell you about:

  • physical access, for example wheelchair ramps and disabled parking spaces
  • low-level polling booths
  • equipment for voters with a visual impairment

Every polling station must provide at least one large print display version of the ballot paper and a special tactile voting device (TVD) to help people with sight loss.


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