Need help to vote?

You can get help to vote if you need it. Options may include voting with help from a support person or the phone dictation service.

Please contact us if you would like to talk over your options:

Freephone 0800 36 76 56

Make sure you’re enrolled first, and that your details are up to date:

Enrol online, and check and update your details

Voting with help from a support person

You can take a friend or family member with you to help you vote. Or you can ask someone who works at a voting place to be your support person.

Your support person can’t tell you who to vote for, but they can:

  • go to the voting screen with you
  • read out the words and information on the voting paper
  • mark the voting paper for you if you ask them to.

Voting with the phone dictation service

If you’re blind, partially blind or have a physical disability that means you can’t mark your voting paper without help, you can vote using the phone dictation service.

You need to register at the time of an election to use this service, even if you’ve used it at previous elections.

We’ll add information about registering to this page closer to election time.

Voting when reading, writing, or speaking English is difficult

If you need help to vote or to understand how to vote, you can ask a friend or family member to help you.

You can also ask someone working at a voting place to be your support person. Your support person can:

  • go to the voting screen with you
  • read out the words and information on the voting paper
  • mark the voting paper for you if you ask them to. 

They can’t tell you who to vote for though — that’s your decision.

Voting when you can’t get to a voting place

If getting to a voting place is difficult or impossible, help is available.

Can’t get to a voting place?