How to Vote


How to Vote

Voting at the Polling Station and Absent Voting

How to vote:

Voting at the Polling Station:

Most people vote by going to their local polling station. If you are registered to vote we will send you a polling card a few weeks before polling day. The polling card will have your polling station printed on it. You do not need to take your polling card to the polling station when you go to vote

To check  where your polling station is, you can use our Find my Polling Station

If you want to check that you are registered to vote please contact us using the Election Enquiry Form below.


At the Polling Station

Access and other Needs:

There is a range of help available to help people with additional needs to access the polling station and cast their vote.  The Presiding Officer at the Polling Station will be happy to discuss your needs with you.


When you visit the polling station you may see Tellers outside. Tellers act for political parties or independent candidates and record the electoral number of electors who have voted. They may try to identify likely supporters who have not voted and urge them to vote before the close of poll.

  • You  may give information to Tellers, but it is your choice.
  • If you are concerned about the conduct of a teller, speak to the Presiding Officer in the polling station.


Absent Voting:

If you cannot get to the polling station on polling day you can apply for a postal or proxy vote.

To apply click to download the relevant form.

Postal Vote application form   Proxy vote application forms            

Or use the election enquiry form at the bottom of the page to request an application form in the post.

Absent Voting- Emergencies

If you have an emergency that happens after the deadline for an ordinary proxy vote (5pm on the 6th working day before the poll), and up until 5pm on polling day, you can apply for an emergency proxy vote. You will normally need a professional of some kind to confirm your situation and we will need to confirm that you qualify for an emergency proxy form 

 Emergency Proxy Vote application form            

Completed forms may be returned by post to: Electoral Services, Rother District Council, Town Hall, Bexhill on Sea, East Sussex, TN39 3JX, or scanned and emailed to

  • We can only accept completed applications received in the Elections Office before the deadline.
  • Deadlines for specific elections can be found on the Current Elections page.

How to Vote- FAQs

Election Enquiry Form

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