How to vote
There are three easy ways you can vote. Most people vote in person at a polling station, but you can also apply to vote by post, or nominate someone else to vote on your behalf.
You can download forms to register for a postal or proxy vote at the bottom of the page. You can either return the paper form by post, or email email@example.com a scanned version to us.
Voting at a polling station
If you're registered to vote you will get a poll card telling you where your polling station is, and when to go there. This is for information only and you do not need to take it with you to vote.
On election day your polling station will be open between 7am and 10pm. Staff will give you your ballot paper and explain the voting process to you if you have any questions.
Voting by post
You can register to vote by post. Paperwork can be sent to any address, including overseas. Your ballot paper will usually be sent out about a week before election day.
Send your completed postal vote application form to: Electoral Services, Leicester City Council, City Hall, 115 Charles Street, Leicester, LE1 1FZ.
Or as a scanned image by email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Dispatch dates for postal ballot paper packs for the Police and Crime Commissioner election and North Evington by-election, taking place on Thursday 6 May 2021, are listed below:
- Applications submitted up to Tuesday 30 March 2021 – postal ballot paper packs to be posted on or around Friday 16 April 2021
- Applications submitted between Wednesday 31 March 2021 and 5pm on Tuesday 20 April 2021 – postal ballot paper packs to be posted on or around Monday 26 April 2021
Is voting by post safe?
Yes, voting by post is safe and proven cases of electoral fraud are very rare. When voting by post, you should mark your vote on the ballot paper in secret, and seal the envelope yourself.
You will also be asked to give your date of birth and signature when applying for a postal or proxy vote. This makes postal voting safe, because when you return your postal voting pack your signature and date of birth are checked against those you provided before to confirm your identity.
Your signature and date of birth are separated from your ballot paper before it is looked at or counted, so giving this information will not affect the secrecy of your vote.
Vote by proxy
A proxy vote is where someone else votes on your behalf. You have to give a reason why you are applying for a proxy vote, for example, if you will be away on holiday, or have a physical condition that prevents you leaving your home.
You can apply for a temporary proxy vote, or a permanent one on health, employment or educational grounds.
Anyone can be your proxy as long as they are eligible to vote in UK elections. You cannot be a proxy for more than two people at any one election, unless they are a close relative.
The deadline for applying for a proxy vote is normally one week before an election, but if you have a medical emergency, you can apply for an emergency proxy vote after this time.
Help for disabled voters
If you have disability that prevents you from completing a ballot paper on your own, you can take a friend or relative to the polling station to help you vote.
Facilities are provided to help voters with disabilities, including polling stations with level or ramped access; polling booths adapted for wheelchairs; large print ballot papers, and aids for blind voters.
Disabled people can also apply to vote by post, or by proxy. Voters with a disability can have a permanent proxy vote.
Mencap have created an easy read guide to voting in the general election. View the guide on the Mencap website.