General Election FAQs

How do I know if I am registered to vote?

If you are registered to vote you should have received a poll card before election day.

You can check if you are eligible to vote in this election by contacting us on 01909 533 252.

Which polling station do I go to?

The name and address of the polling station is printed on your polling card.

If you have lost your card, please contact us on 01909 533 252 to find out where you should vote or you can use our 'Find your Polling Station' online facility.

How do I vote if I have a disability?

If you are disabled, you can ask for help and the presiding officer can mark the ballot paper for you.

You can also ask someone else to help you (eg a support worker, as they are either a relative or an eligible elector and have not already helped more than one other person vote).

How do I vote if I have a visual impairment?

If you have a visual impairment, you can ask to see a large print ballot paper or you can ask for a special voting device that allows you to vote on your own in secret.

Why am I being asked for my polling card before entering the polling station?

On election day volunteers for candidates called 'tellers' wait outside polling stations and ask voters for the number on their polling card. They use this information to check who has voted so they can remind those who haven't to do so.

They are not acting in any official capacity so you don't need to give them any information if you don't want to.

If you are concerned about the conduct of a teller, speak to the presiding officer at the polling station.

Do I have to tell anyone how I voted?

Public opinion poll companies may be commissioned to organise an exit poll for the elections.

If anyone asks you who you voted for you do not have to tell them, and they should not stop you from leaving the polling station.

If you are concerned about their conduct speak to the presiding officer at the polling station.

Do I need my poll card to be able to vote?

You don't need to bring your poll card with you.

Provided you are registered to vote (and are eligible to vote in this election), you just need to give your name and address at the polling station in order to vote.

How do I vote at the polling station?

The staff at the polling station will give you a ballot paper listing the candidates you can vote for.

Take your ballot paper into a polling booth so that no one can see how you vote. Read the ballot paper carefully, it will tell you how to cast your vote. Do not write anything else on the paper or your vote may not be counted.

Mark your ballot paper according to the instructions. A pencil will be provided for you to do this, but you may use your own pen if you prefer.

Fold your completed ballot paper in half, show the back to the Presiding Officer and then pop it in the ballot box – and that's it done!

Can I use a pen instead of pencil to mark my ballot paper?

Pencils are provided in the polling booth, but you can use your own pen if your prefer.

Just make sure that it is clear who you are voting for.

What if I make a mistake on my ballot paper?

If you make a mistake on your ballot paper don't put it in the ballot box - just let the polling station staff know and they can issue you with a replacement ballot paper.

Can I take photos or videos inside the polling station?

Pictures taken outside the polling station are great to use on social media and encourage your friends and family to vote, but don’t take any photos inside the polling station as you might find yourself in breach of secrecy of the ballot requirements.

I have received a postal vote, can I still vote at a polling station?

If you have registered for a postal vote you should vote using the ballot paper you have been sent; you are not eligible to vote in person at the polling station.

I have forgotten to post my postal vote, what do I do?

Postal votes can be handed in at any polling station between 7am and 10pm, or up to 10pm at the Town Halls in Worksop and Retford on polling day.

Can I get a replacement postal vote?

If you have lost or spoilt your postal vote, or if you never received it through the post, you can get a replacement up until 5pm on polling day.

Contact us on 01909 533 252 for more details.

I can't vote in person, can someone vote for me?

In certain circumstances, where you have an emergency that means you cannot go to the polling station in person, you can apply for an emergency proxy vote up to 5pm on the day of the poll.

You must ask someone if they are willing and able to be your proxy and vote on your behalf.

You must give a reason why you need to vote by proxy and may need a qualified person to sign your application.

Contact us on 01909 533 252 for more details.

How can I find out the results for Bassetlaw?

We'll publish the result as soon as we have it via our election results page on our website and social media platforms.


Last Updated on Monday, December 09, 2019