Voting in an Election

Voting in an election means that you have a say on the people and political parties representing you in Parliament.

Anyone who is enrolled by the Friday before election day can vote in a general election or by-election.

You can vote at a voting place between 9.00am and 7.00pm on election day. In a by-election, you can only vote within your electorate. In a general election, you can vote at any voting place in the country, but will need to cast a special vote if you are outside your electorate.

On election day, go to a voting place in your electorate.  If you have received an EasyVote card or a letter from the Electoral Commission, take this with you. You can vote without an EasyVote card or letter, but it will take longer.

When you go to vote, give your EasyVote card or letter to the issuing officer. If you don't have an EasyVote card or letter, you will need to tell the issuing officer your full name and address.

The issuing officer will give you your ballot paper. Take your ballot paper to a private booth.  On your ballot paper, place a tick by the name of the political party of your choice and a tick by the name of the candidate you would most like to represent your electorate. You can vote for both or just one if you like.

If you can’t get to a voting place on election day, there are two options: you can vote in advance, or you can cast a special vote.

Voting in advance in your electorate is easier than casting a special vote.

Last updated: 11 September 2014

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