Elections - voting

You can only vote in elections if your name appears on the electoral register. The electoral register is a list of the names and addresses of everyone registered to vote in the Borough.

How to register as a voter

Please see the how do I register page for more information about registering as a voter.

To find out who is eligible to vote see the who can vote page.

How to vote

If you are on the electoral register you will receive a poll card a few weeks before the election. You can still vote without a poll card, but it makes things easier and quicker if you have it with you.

Your poll card will tell you the location of your polling station. Take a look at our polling stations page for more information.

Your poll card will state that polling hours are 7am to 10pm and will also tell you how to cast your vote.

For a step by step guide on how to vote at an election, whether it is a local or general election, please view our 'why is it important to vote slide show.' This includes information on the electoral register, the different ways you can submit your vote, and what to do on an election day.

If you do not wish to vote at your allotted polling station you can apply to vote by post or vote by proxy (appoint someone to vote for you).

Why is it important to vote?

The people who are voted in at elections make decisions that will affect you every day, from the curriculum at your local school and what recreational facilities you have, to national issues like healthcare and education, to global issues like defence and the environment.

In the UK, you can choose whether or not to vote. If you do not vote however, you are letting other people, who you might not agree with, make decisions about issues that affect you.

Information for people with learning difficulties

PDF file downloadVoting at the polling station (PDF, 525kb) is a guide for people with learning difficulties produced by Wandsworth Council and the Makaton Charity.

United response, the national disability charity, has produced the Every Vote Counts website which provides specific information regarding the voting process.

Speaking Up is an organisation that supports and empowers people with learning difficulties, disabilities and mental health problems to speak up for themselves. They have created the Promote the Vote website that aims to raise awareness by supporting and encouraging people with learning disabilities to have a better understanding of the voting process, to become active citizens and to register to vote.

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