To vote in any UK election, you must be registered to vote. There are three different ways you can vote, vote in person at a polling station, vote by post or vote by proxy (where someone votes on your behalf).

Voting in person

You can vote in person at your polling station, details of which will be on your Poll Card that will be delivered before the election. Polling stations are open at 7am and close at 10pm. To avoid queues, or missing out on your vote, make sure you know which polling station you need to go to by checking the details on your poll card or contacting Electoral Services on 0191 278 78 78 or email

Voting by post

Anyone who is registered to vote can apply to have their vote sent to their home, or any other address, on a permanent basis for any reason. Postal votes are usually sent out 1-2 weeks before the day of election.

To apply for a postal vote download the postal vote application form or contact Electoral Services, see below.

Voting by proxy

A proxy vote is where you can appoint someone to vote on your behalf (a proxy).

Temporary proxy voting is available to any registered elector for any reason. Applications are made for a specific election and do not need supporting by a qualified person. Your proxy will be sent details on how to cast your vote 1-2 weeks before the day of election. To apply for a temporary proxy vote, download the temporary proxy vote application form here or contact Electoral Services, see below.

Permanent proxy voting is only available to certain people on the ground of health, employment or full time education commitment. The form may need to be supported by a suitably qualified person. For more information and a form contact Electoral Services.

Further information

Should you have any questions regarding the different methods of voting, please contact Electoral Services on 0191 278 78 78 or email

Returned applications should be fully completed. Please remember to sign and date the form. Signatures must be your original signature, electronic signatures cannot be accepted.

Forms can be returned to:
Electoral Services
Newcastle City Council 
Civic Centre
Newcastle upon Tyne 

Or emailed to

Page last updated: 
25 May 2018
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