Voting gives you a chance to voice your opinion on important issues that affect you, your local area and your country.
Do I qualify to Vote in the UK?
You must be:
Registered on the Electoral Register before election/polling day.
Be 18 years or older
(if you are 16 or 17 years old then you can still register but you will not be able to vote at an election until you are 18)
Resident in the UK
A British, Commonwealth or European Member State citizen
(if you are a European Member state citizen then you will be entitled to vote at a European election, Local Government election, Welsh Assembly election and some Referendums (depending on the issue) but are not entitled to vote at a UK Parliamentary/General election).
How can I vote?
There are 3 ways to vote:
Visit your nearest polling station, in person, on election/polling day
Send your ballot paper back to us in the post
Appoint a proxy (another person) to vote on your behalf either in person or by post
You will receive a poll card, in the post, approximately 2 to 3 weeks before a forthcoming election.
This poll card will show which of the 3 ways to vote you have chosen and applied for.
A ballot paper is the piece of paper you write your vote on at the polling station.
If you vote by post you will receive a ballot paper in the post as well as your polling card.
If you want to change the way that you vote you will need to fill in an application form and send it to you local Electoral Registration Office.
Please click the button below to visit our Application and Waiver webpage.
Application and Waiver Forms
I haven't received my poll card, can I still vote?
Yes, you can vote if you do not have a poll card, as long as you are on the Electoral Register.
You should contact the Electoral Registration Office to see whether you are on the Electoral Register and report the fact that you have not received your poll card.
When can I vote?
When can I vote?
How I Vote . . . .
When I Vote . . .
I vote at the polling station.
On election/polling day: 7am - 10pm.
I vote by post.
As soon as you receive your ballot paper in the post.
Someone else votes, on my behalf, at the polling station.
When my nominated person (proxy) visits the polling station on election/polling day: 7am - 10pm.
Someone else votes, on my behalf, by post.
As soon as my nominated person (proxy) receives my ballot paper in the post.
Make sure you look at your poll card, before the election, to check that these times have not changed and the address details for your nearest polling station.
To find out more information about your nearest polling station click the button below:
I have a disability, can I have extra support at a polling station?
Yes, voting in an election should be accessible to you whether you choose to vote at a polling station or by post.
Service providers are required, by law, to make any reasonable physical adjustments to their premises to make them accessible for people who have a disability.
Adjustments include disabled parking spaces and entrance ramps, low-level polling booths and equipment such as magnifying glasses for voters with a visual impairment.
If you need help on polling day at the polling station you can ask the Presiding Officer to read the list of candidates and their details to you. They may also mark your ballot paper for you.
Alternatively, you can vote with a companion's (someone you bring with you) help.
I'm not sure which way to vote!
The standard way to vote, at an election, is to attend your local polling station. However, you can also apply to vote in other ways:
If you prefer to vote by post and you have already applied to do this, you will receive your postal ballot paper(s) approximately 10 working days before poll day. They will be delivered as part of a pack which will include instructions explaining how to successfully vote by post. Your ballot paper will need to be completed and returned to your local Electoral Registration Office for your vote to be counted.
If you are on the Electoral Register and unable to vote in person you can have someone else vote on your behalf. This is known as voting by proxy. Anyone can vote on your behalf as long as they are eligible to vote in the election and are willing to do so.
You can apply for a proxy vote if:
You are unable to go to the polling station for a particular election for example, if you are away on holiday
You have a physical condition that means you cannot go to the polling station on election day. In this case, you may have to include a declaration by a Doctor, nurse or warden of a home.
Your work takes you away from home either on a permanent basis or on the particular day of the election
Your attendance on an educational course means that you cannot go to the polling station on election day
You are a British Citizen living overseas
You are a Crown Servant or a member of Her Majesty's Armed Forces
The deadline for applying to vote by proxy is normally 6 working days before an election.
Proxy voters cannot vote on behalf of more than two people at any one election, unless they are close relatives.
If you appoint a proxy, you can still attend a polling station and personally cast your vote provided that the proxy has not already voted on your behalf.
If you would like to appoint someone to vote on your behalf but they live outside the area or they are unable to get to the polling station, you can apply for a postal-proxy.
Your postal ballot paper(s) will be sent to the proxy's address and the proxy will then be able to fill in your ballot paper(s) as a normal postal vote.
If you would like to apply to become a postal, proxy or postal-proxy voter then please visit our Application and Waiver webpage by clicking the button below:
Application and Waiver Forms
What if I cannot write my signature, on an application form, to become a Postal, Proxy or Postal-Proxy voter?
If you are unable to sign the application form for a postal, proxy, or postal-proxy then we may be able to issue you with a waiver. This will allow you to vote without having to provide a signature.
A Postal Waiver
This allows you to vote by post without having to provide a signature. There must be a valid reason, such as an inability which may mean that your signature is inconsistent, in order to apply for a waiver application.
If you apply for a postal waiver you will only have to provide your date of birth when completing your postal application and postal ballot paper.
A Proxy Waiver
This allows someone else to vote for you without you having to provide a signature. There must be a valid reason, such as an inability which may mean that your signature is inconsistent, in order to apply for a waiver application.
If you apply for a proxy waiver you will only have to provide your date of birth on the application form.
If you would like to apply for a postal or proxy waiver then please visit our Application and Waiver page by clicking the button below:
Application and Waiver Forms
Can crown Servants and British Council employees, who are posted overseas, vote from abroad?
Yes, they can vote in all elections.
They will need a Voter Registration Form specifically for Crown Servants and British Council employees and will need to send it to their local Electoral Registration Office with details of the address where they would be living if they were not posted overseas.
They can choose to vote by post or proxy.
Postal votes are only sent out approximately 14 days before an an election. They will need to consider whether this gives them enough time to complete and return their form.
It may be better for them to appoint a proxy to vote on their behalf.
Contact the Vale of Glamorgan Electoral Registration Office to request a Voter Registration Form: