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How to Vote Liberal Democrat

Elections are your chance to vote for Liberal Democrat local champions who will listen to you and work hard for your community.

Find out how, when and where to vote Liberal Democrat:

  • To vote, you need to be registered in advance. You can make sure you are registered for future elections here. All British citizens living abroad who have ever lived in the UK or who were registered to vote in the UK can now register to vote at General Elections.

    For all elections in England, and for General Elections across the UK, you must by 18 or over to vote. In Scottish and Welsh local and parliamentary elections you must be 16 or over to vote. There is more information about eligibility to vote here.

    Not all areas have elections at the same time. By-elections can be held any time. The next local elections in many parts of England will be held in May 2024. We don't know when the next General Election will be held. You can find out if there is an election coming up where you live here.

  • You can vote in person at a polling station, or register to vote by post - find out how here.

    To vote in person, you must go to your assigned polling station - find out where here.

    If you live abroad, you may wish to appoint a proxy. This is the best way to avoid delays in the global postal system. Your proxy vote can vote by post and live anywhere in the UK. Apply to vote by proxy while living overseas.

  • Polls are open from 7am to 10pm on election day, usually a Thursday.

    The next scheduled local elections, mayoral elections, Police and Crime Commissioner elections in much of England is Thursday 2 May 2024. The London Assembly elections will be held on Thursday 2 May 2024. Police and Crime Commissioner elections will be held in Wales on Thursday 2 May 2024.

  • From 4 May 2023, photo ID will be required to vote in person for most elections. You will need photo id to vote in person for UK parliamentary elections, Police and Crime Commissioner elections, and local elections in England.

    You can find out about accepted forms of photo ID here.

    You don't need to take your polling card to vote.

  • Put an X next to each Liberal Democrat candidate (look for the bird logo) on your ballot paper. You may have more than one vote, check the top of your ballot paper for instructions.

    In Scottish local elections you vote with numbers not crosses. Put a number 1 next to the Scottish Liberal Democrat candidate (look for the bird logo) - this is your first preference. If there is another Liberal Democrat candidate, put a number 2 next to them.

  • Volunteers called 'tellers' sometimes stand outside polling stations and ask for your polling number on the way in or way out. They will often be wearing a rosette from a political party. We do this so we know who has voted and don't bother you later in the day to remind you to vote. Your polling number is on your polling card.

  • We'll be knocking on doors to remind people to vote, let us know that you've voted so we don't bother you here.

  • Local elections are your chance to send a message that you won’t be taken for granted.

    People are turning to the Liberal Democrats more and more because they know we work hard for our communities, we hear your concerns, and never take you for granted.

    Vote Liberal Democrat to get a councillor who will listen to you and champion your community.

    Let us know you're planning to vote Liberal Democrat here.

  • There are three great ways to help the Liberal Democrats win:

    1. Remember to vote Liberal Democrat between 7am and 10pm on election day.
    2. Become a volunteer and help remind people to vote by delivering leaflets or knocking on doors - find an event near you here, or sign up here,
    3. Make a donation so we can support campaigners to win on the ground - donate below.
  • Yes. All parties campaign on polling day. The Liberal Democrats will keep working hard for your vote right up to the close of polls at 10pm.