Election FAQs

Frequently Asked Questions

Preparation for the day

How do I have my say?
To vote in an election, you must be registered to vote. This means that your name must be included on the electoral register.

Am I on the electoral register?
If you have received a poll card, this means you are on the Electoral Register. If you haven’t received confirmation, please contact the Elections team to check.

I am not on the Electoral Register
You have a limited time before an election to register. See the Register to Vote page for full details.

I won’t be able to make it to the polling station on the day, what should I do?
You may register for a postal vote or a proxy vote – you will need to do this by a specific date before any election. In the exceptional circumstance that you are involved in an emergency situation on Election Day, you will be able to register for an emergency proxy vote.

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Voting/On the day

What times can I vote?
Polling stations open from 7am until 10pm on election day. If you arrive after 10pm, you will not be able to vote.

How many candidates can I vote for?
The number of candidates varies according to the type of election. In a local council election, you can usually vote for up to three candidates. In a General Election, you can vote for just one candidate.

Where do I vote?/Where is my polling station?
You will only be able to vote at your allocated local polling station. If you do not know the location of your polling station, you can look it up on our Polling Stations page.

I’ve lost my poll card, what do I need to do?/I never received a poll card.
You do not need to bring your poll card with you when you vote at a polling station. All poll cards will have been posted before election day, so if you did not receive one you should check that you are registered to vote – contact the Elections team.

What do I need to bring with me when I vote?
You do not need to bring anything with you when you vote, this includes ID. You also don’t need to bring your poll card with you when you vote, although it is helpful for us if you do.

How do I vote?
If you are voting in person, there will be poll staff on hand to offer help and support on the day. You just need to arrive and state your name and address to the staff at the station. They will be happy to answer any questions you have.

Who should I vote for?
It is entirely your decision who you would like to vote for. Votes are cast in secret and you do not need to tell anyone who you would like to vote for.

I have specific access needs, how will they be addressed?
All polling stations should be accessible to voters with disabilities, and there is a tactile voting device to help blind voters, who can also be assisted by a companion or by the Presiding Officer.

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Postal and Proxy Votes

I registered for a postal vote, but it never arrived.
Contact the Elections team as soon as possible. Please note that replacements will only be issued from the Civic Centre, High Road, Wood Green, N22.

I received a postal vote but I haven’t sent it off.
We need to receive your postal vote by 10pm on election day for it to be counted. If you don’t believe that it will arrive in the post by this time, you can drop off your completed postal vote at the Civic Centre, High Road, Wood Green, N22 or at any polling station in Haringey on election day.

I received a postal vote but some of it was missing.
Contact the Elections team as soon as possible. Please note that replacements will only be issued from the Civic Centre, High Road, Wood Green, N22.

I’m registered as a proxy for someone else, what do I need to do?
As a proxy voter, you should go to the polling station of the person you are registered to vote on behalf of. It will be very helpful if you bring with you the confirmation letter you received when you come to vote, although this is not essential.

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After the vote

How/when will the results be released?
Usually votes will be counted during the night or the following day and results will be published on this website as they become available.

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