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Voting – What to Expect on the Day

Find out what to expect on voting day, including where you go and how to cast your vote, in our handy guide.

Voting in the UK 

As a young adult in the UK, you hold the power to shape the future through the simple act of voting. As the UK is a democracy,  you can make your voice heard on issues that matter most to you.

Whether you’re a first-time voter or need a refresher, this guide will walk you through the steps of registering to vote, casting your ballot, and making informed decisions.

polling station for voting

Voting – On the Day

Now that you’re registered and informed, it’s time to vote.

  • On the day of the election, you need to go to your allocated polling station.
  • You should receive a poll card a few weeks before the election, which will tell you where your polling station is.
  • You will need to take along photo ID. This is to prove your identity and that you are allowed to vote. 
  • You could take a passport or driving license. If you don’t have photo ID, you can apply for a Voter Authority Certificate here.

Arriving at the Polling Station

Once you arrive:

Receive your Ballot: At the polling station, you’ll be given a ballot paper. If you’re unsure about anything,  ask the polling station staff for help.

Mark your Vote: Take your ballot paper to a private booth. Use a pencil to mark a cross (X) next to your chosen candidate.

Cast your Vote: Once you’ve marked your vote, fold the ballot paper in half and put it in the ballot box.

voting in the uk

Access Needs

Polling stations must be accessible to everyone. If you have any mobility issues or other disabilities that make it difficult for you to get to the polling station or to use it once there, you can request assistance or ask for alternative arrangements.

Contact your local Electoral Registration Office to discuss your needs.


Assistance at the Polling Station: You can ask the polling station staff for help. They can mark the ballot paper for you, but only if you can’t do it yourself due to a disability. You can also ask someone else to help you (e.g., a support worker, family member, or friend), as long as they’re over 18 and registered to vote.

parliament and the UK flag

Postal Vote or Proxy Vote

If it’s difficult for you to get to the polling station, you can apply for a postal vote or a proxy vote.

Postal Vote: You can apply for a postal vote if you’re unable to vote in person. The local authority will send you a ballot paper before the election, and you can mail it back once you’ve marked your vote.

Proxy Vote: A proxy vote allows someone you trust to vote on your behalf. You need to apply for a proxy vote in advance.

Election Results

After the polls close, the votes are counted, and the results are announced. For general elections, the party with the most seats usually forms the government.

Final thoughts on Voting…

Voting is very important. By participating in elections, you can play a big role in shaping the future of the UK. Make sure you’re registered, stay informed, and cast your vote on election day. Your voice matters, and voting is one of the most powerful ways to make it heard.


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