How To Cast your Vote

Here you can find out how to vote either in person at the polling station or if you are unable to get to a polling station, you can apply for an absent vote (postal or proxy).

You can only vote in elections if your name is in the electoral register. You can find out more about electoral registration, including how to register, by visiting the Electoral Registration page. 

Polling Station

The traditional method of voting at an election is for an elector to their visit local polling station on election day to cast their vote. All polling stations open for voting at 7am and close at 10pm.

When entering a polling station, each elector will need to confirm their name and address to the polling station staff, who will check that their details are included on the electoral register and that they are eligible to vote in the relevant election. Providing that the information provided is correct, the elector will be issued with a ballot paper on which to cast their vote.

In each polling station, a polling booth will be available for electors to cast their vote in private. Once the elector has voted according to their preference, the ballot paper should be folded and placed in the ballot box indicated by the polling station staff. After the ballot paper has been posted in the ballot box, the voting process is complete.

If you are unsure about the location of your local polling station, a poll card will be sent approximately three to four weeks prior to the election confirming the date of the election and where you need to go to cast your vote.You can check if there will be an election in your area using My Mole Valley.

Absent Voting (Postal or Proxy)

If you are unable to go to your polling station on election day, you can apply for either a:

Postal vote

Proxy vote

You can scan your absent vote application form and return it by email to, as long as all of its parts are visible and the signature is clear, or your application may not be accepted.

When deciding whether an absent vote (postal or proxy) is the best option for your circumstances, please bear in mind that although the proxy vote deadline is after the postal vote deadline, should an appointed proxy wish to vote by post, the postal proxy vote application form needs to be received by the same deadline as a standard postal vote: 5pm on the 11th working day before the election. Proxies appointed after this time will need to vote in person at the polling station.       

If you will be away from your local area due to unforeseen work reasons on election day or have a medical emergency after the closing date for a proxy application, you are able to apply for an emergency proxy which can be requested at any time up until 5pm on polling day. Please call 01306 879198 for more information.

Return your signed postal/proxy application form to:


Post: Mole Valley District Council, Pippbrook, Dorking, Surrey, RH4 1SJ