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How to vote

Before you can vote, you have to be registered to vote, then you can vote in person, by post or by proxy. You can also vote anonymously.

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Find out how to vote in person at a polling station after you've registered to vote.

Voting in person

Postal voting

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If you know that you will not be able to get to a polling station to cast your vote, you can apply for a postal vote. Find out more about voting by post.

To apply for a postal vote, download our application form and return it to us at the address at the bottom of the page.

Postal voting application form

Proxy voting

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If you know that you will not be able to get to a polling station to cast your vote, you can ask someone to go to the polling station and vote on your behalf by applying for a proxy vote. If you find that you can go to the polling station after all, you can vote as long as your proxy has not already voted on your behalf. Find out more about proxy voting.

You can apply for a proxy vote for a specific election or referendum, or for a set period. Each scenario requires a different application form.

Specific election or referendum

To apply for a proxy vote for a specific election or referendum, download our application form and return it to us at the address at the bottom of the page.

Proxy voting application form

Elections and referendums for a set period until further notice

There are several circumstances that allow you to vote by proxy for a set period or until further notice, including attendance on an educational course, living overseas, being a Crown servant or British Council employee, your employment, a disability or being in the armed services.

To apply for a proxy vote for any of these reasons, download the application form and return it to us at the address at the bottom of the page.

Proxy voting application forms

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If you register to vote anonymously, your details will not appear on either version of the electoral register. You can register to vote anonymously if you can show you have good reason, such as if you are concerned for your safety.

Register to vote anonymously

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Your allocated polling station will be listed on your polling card. 

Each ward in the borough has several polling stations, set up in publicly accessible locations. All our polling stations have full disabled access.

You can find our polling stations using our find your nearest service.

Contact us

Electoral Services, Town Hall, 1 Town Square, Barking IG11 7LU