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Quick guide to voting

Voting can be a difficult process to follow for some. Here’s a quick and easy step-by-step guide on how to vote in the next election.

Why vote

Everyone should use their right to vote. Voting is your chance to say how you think the country should be run. The MPs you vote for will make decisions on issues like social care, housing, education, employment and the environment.

Read more about how politics works here.

A step-by-step guide to voting

Step 1 – Register to vote
Step 2 – Decide how you want to vote

You can vote in person, by post or by proxy.

Proxy means that someone else can vote for you. Find out more about how to vote in an election here.

If you want to vote by post you’ll need register for your postal vote. Find out about postal voting here.

Step 3 – Voting in person? Apply for voter ID

If you vote in person you will need identification (ID). The types of ID accepted include passport and driving licence. Find out more about voter ID and check if you have the correct one here.

If you do not have any of the ID on the list you can apply for a free Voter Authority Certificate here.

Step 4 – Vote!

Whatever way you choose to vote, you are making sure your voice is heard!

Don’t forget to tell us you’ve voted on elections day by using #MyVoteMyVoice on social media.

Vote and have your say

It’s really important that everyone who can vote, does vote. This is the best way for most people to have a say in the way the country is run.