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How to vote

Information to help you understand what to expect at a voting place and how to cast your vote.

Staff at voting places will be wearing masks. We’d encourage you to wear a mask too. We’ll have disposable masks available if you’d like one. There’ll be hand sanitiser to use, and if you like, you can bring your own pen to mark your voting paper.

Bring your EasyVote card with you as it will make voting faster. You can still vote if you forgot your card or don’t have one.

There will be staff at voting places to show you what to do and where to go. They’ll also manage any queues to give voters more space.

In a by-election, you have one vote, for the candidate you want to be your local member of Parliament. This is different from a general election when you have two votes – one for a party and the other for your local candidate.

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Your electorate vote is for choosing the candidate you would like to be the member of Parliament (MP) for the area you live in. The candidate with the most votes in your electorate becomes your electorate MP.

On your voting paper, place a tick by the name of the candidate you would most like to represent your local area.

And that’s it – you've voted!