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How to vote

Who can vote?
You can only vote in elections if you have registered to vote and your name is on the register of electors.

You can register to vote online. See 'Register to vote' in the Related Pages section on this page.

How will I know an election is taking place and where I can vote?
You will get a poll card just before an election. This will tell you when the election is, where you should go to vote and when the polling station is open. There are no elections scheduled to elect Councillors to Leeds City Council until May 2015. Our Parish and Town Council Elections page has details of any forthcoming Parish/Town Council Elections. You can also find your nearest polling station by using the Where I live​ function on this site.

What happens at the polling station?
Tell the staff inside the polling station your name and address so they can find you on the register. You can show them your poll card, but you do not need it to vote.

The staff at the polling station will give you a ballot paper. Go into a polling booth. Instructions on how to vote are displayed inside the booth. Fold the ballot paper in half and put it in the ballot box.

What happens after I've voted?
When polling is over the votes are counted. The winner or winners are the people with the most votes. These people (councillors) are responsible for representing you. You can tell them what you think about issues that affect you, by phone, by letter or by email. You can also ask to meet and speak to them in person. You can find the contact details for all local councillors and MPs in the Top Tasks section of this page.

Do I have to go to a polling station to vote?
No. If you cannot get to the polling station you can apply for a postal or proxy vote. Application forms are available from our Postal and Proxy Voting Page.

We can supply information in large print, other languages, audio and Braille. We can also arrange for an interpreter in another language or British Sign Language.

At the polling station you can also get help from the Presiding Officer. If you are visually impaired there will be someone there to help you with your ballot paper.

A guide about voting for people with learning disabilities is available from the Documents section on this page.​​​​​​​