Ways to vote

Vote in person, by post or by proxy

Most people choose to vote in person on the day of the election at their polling station.

If you can't vote in person, visit Absent voting - voting by post or proxy on the Lothian Valuation Joint Board website:

  • for a postal vote
  • for someone to vote on your behalf, known as a proxy vote.

You can now apply on the GOV.UK website for a postal vote for UK Westminster general elections.

Voter ID

In the UK you are legally required to show photo identification (ID) when voting at a polling station at some elections, including UK General Elections. You can check which elections require photo ID and which forms of ID are accepted on the Electoral Commission website or watch the video below.

If you do not have ID

If you do not have any of the forms of ID accepted, you can still vote. You must be registered and you can apply for free voter ID. Find out more on the Electoral Commission website or watch the video below.