How to vote

Find out about different ways of voting

Most people vote in person at a polling station.

However if you are not able to do this or if it is going to be inconvenient you can vote by post or get someone to vote on your behalf - a proxy.

You can find out more about casting your vote and the methods available.

You can also download an application form at the above link to request a postal or proxy vote.  The completed form should be returned to Electoral Services, Quadrant East, The Silverlink North, Cobalt Business Park, North Tyneside NE27 0BY  or you can scan and e mail to us at

If you are applying for a postal or proxy for a specific election please note that there will be deadlines to return this form - see our webpages on specific elections for more details.

If you have a learning disability

Mencap are keen to encourage people with learning disabilities to use their vote.  The Mencap website gives some useful information about voting including easy to read guides.