Find out about the different ways you can vote including at the polls, by post or by proxy.

Shortly before an election, you will get a poll card (or postal vote poll card if registered to vote by post). The poll card will tell you the election date, where your polling station is and the hours of the poll. You do not need to take this card with you to vote, but it will make things easier if you do. The postal vote card will tell you when to expect your ballot paper(s) by post.

If you don’t receive a poll card, call us on 0151 443 2222 to check you are included on the electoral register.  

Postal and proxy voting

If you can't get to the polling station on election day, you can apply for a postal or proxy vote online below. 

Alternatively, you can apply by contacting the elections' office on 0151 443 2222 or email

Postal voting

Apply for postal voting

Once registered, we will send ballot papers to your home address before the election. You should then complete and return your ballot paper in the envelope provided before the polling stations close on election day. 

You can apply to vote by post for a particular election or permanently. Instructions on completing your postal vote will be enclosed within the postal vote pack. A demonstration video may also be viewed here:


Proxy voting

Apply for proxy voting

You can appoint a proxy voter to vote on your behalf if you cannot get to the polling station on election day.

You must explain why you cannot vote in person, for example, if you are on holiday.

You can apply to vote by proxy for a particular election only or permanently. Permanent proxy applications may require a signature in support, such as your doctor or employer.

Please note that you and your proxy need to be registered to vote by proxy.

Contact the Elections Team on 0151 443 2222 for a postal or proxy voting application form.

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