Ways to vote

Most people vote at their local polling station. You can also vote by post or by proxy. 

Vote at a polling station

Your polling station will usually be your local school or community centre. The polling stations will be open 7am to 10pm on polling day.

Find your polling station

You don't need to take any ID or your poll card with you.

Vote by post

If you applied to vote by post before 24 April, you should receive the ballot paper from 19 May, otherwise you should receive the ballot paper from 31 May. You must return it so it arrives back by 10pm on 8 June 2017.

If you've applied for postal voting but haven't received your postal vote, call 020 8921 5882 or email

You can't vote at a polling station if you've applied to vote by post.

Vote by proxy

Proxy voting means appointing somebody else to vote for you on your behalf if you can't get to your polling station.

To have a proxy, you must have a reason which means you can't get to the polling station, for example, you're away for holiday or business. Some people with disabilities can apply for a longer term proxy - call the electoral office to discuss this.

You must both be registered to vote but your proxy doesn't have to live in Royal Greenwich.

Download the proxy application form (Your Vote Matters website)

Send your form to:

Electoral Services
Woolwich Town Hall
Wellington Street
SE18 6PW

You need to return your form by 5pm on 31 May 2017 for the UK Parliamentary General Election.

Emergency proxy voting

You can arrange for an emergency proxy if you can't get to the polling station in person on the day due to either:

  • a medical emergency
  • unforeseen work or occupational reasons.

You can apply for an emergency proxy up to 5pm on 8 June 2017.

Visit the Your Vote Matters website to download an emergency proxy voting form