How and where do I vote in the 2019 General Election?

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On 12 December, the British people will head to the polls to vote for their next Government.

This election is a great opportunity for you to raise the issues you care about with your local candidates. You can find resources and tips on how to campaign on the importance of supporting people with arthritis in our new General Election hub.

It is also important that you are able to exercise your right to vote and having a disability should be no barrier to that. Below, we outline how to register; how to vote in person; and how to vote if you cannot get to a polling station.

Your rights

All voters have a right to vote independently and in secret. Local authorities in Great Britain now must take proactive steps to ensure that polling stations don't disadvantage disabled people.

Read this fact sheet from The Electoral Commission on disabled people’s voting rights in England, Scotland and Wales.

Read guidance for voting in Northern Ireland, where disabled voter’s rights are the responsibility of the Electoral Office for Northern Ireland.

Voting in person

To vote you must register to vote. The deadline for registering to vote is midnight on 26 November. Register to vote here.

You can vote in person. You will be sent a poll card giving you details on where you should vote. Polling stations will be open from 7am to 10pm on 12 December.

You don’t need to take ID if you live in England, Wales or Scotland. In Northern Ireland you will need to provide a photo ID.

You can contact your local Election Registration Office to find about physical access to the polling station and other assistance equipment that you may need.

What if you can’t vote in person?

You can apply to vote by post. In England, Scotland, and Wales the deadline to apply for a postal vote is 5pm on 26 November. Apply for a postal vote by returning this form to your local Electoral Registration Office.

In Northern Ireland, the deadline to apply for a postal vote is 5pm on 21 November. Use this form to apply to vote by post in Northern Ireland.

If you’re unable to vote in person you can ask someone to vote for you. This is a proxy vote. You can apply for a proxy vote if:

  • You are away on polling day
  • You have a medical issue or disability
  • You cannot vote because of work or military service.

In England, Scotland and Wales the deadline to apply for a proxy vote is 5pm on 4 December. You must complete and send this proxy vote form to your local Electoral Registration Office.

In Northern Ireland the deadline to apply for a proxy vote Is 5pm on 21 November. You must complete and send this proxy vote form for Northern Ireland.

Anybody can act as your proxy vote, providing that they are:

  • Registered to vote
  • Are allowed to vote in the General Election
  • Can vote in the polling station stated on your poll card.