The voting process

The staff at the polling station will give you a ballot paper listing the candidates you can vote for. You may be given more than one ballot paper if there is more than one election taking place on the same day. If you need any advice, just ask the staff at the polling station - they will be happy to help you.

If you are disabled, you can ask for help and the Presiding Officer can mark the ballot paper for you. You can also ask someone else to help you (e.g. a support worker, relative or friend, as long as they have not already helped more than one other person vote). If you have a visual impairment, you can ask to see a large print ballot paper or you can ask for a special voting device that allows you to vote on your own in secret.

Take your ballot paper into a polling booth so that no one can see how you vote. Read the ballot paper carefully, it will tell you how to cast your vote. Do not write anything else on the paper or your vote may not be counted.

Mark your ballot paper according to the instructions. An (indelible) pencil will be provided for you to do this, but you may use your own pen if you prefer.

If you make a mistake on your ballot paper, don't worry - so long as you haven't already put it in the ballot box, just let the polling station staff know and they can issue you with a replacement ballot paper. If you have voted incorrectly, it may be that you can cross out your initial mark and re-cast your vote as per your intentions. As long as it is clear as to how you have voted, then your ballot paper is not spolit.

Fold your completed ballot paper in half and then pop it in the ballot box.

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