Methods of voting

This page explains your options for voting at elections. They are: in person at a polling station; by post (postal voting) and by proxy (someone you trust voting on your behalf). There is currently no option to vote electronically or any other method.

You can check when the next elections are due on our next elections page. Do not wait to apply for a postal vote as applications made earlier are sent out earlier in the post. Later applications may arrive close to polling day, so please apply as soon as possible if you need one.

Vote at a polling station

When you first apply to register to vote you are automatically set to vote in person in the polling station. You need to make a further application to vote by the other methods. Polling stations are open 7am - 10pm on election day.

You do NOT currently need to take any ID or your poll card with you.

Voter ID is coming!

For local elections from 4 May 2023 and for General Elections from October 2023 you will need photographic ID to vote in the polling station.

We do not have elections planned for 2023 in Royal Greenwich, although they can be called at any time.

If you don’t have an accepted document (find the list via the link below) you can get a free Voter Authority Certificate that will allow you to vote. Check now to see if documents you have will be acceptable and if not, apply now for the free certificate. We regret that we will not be able to give you a ballot paper if you do not have a correct document no matter what the reason.

Staff will be able to assist you to apply for the free certificate or answer other questions if you need help. Use the link below first which will answer most of your questions, including which documents are acceptable, and get your free document now if you don’t have one.

Apply for the FREE voter ID certificate

Find your nearest polling station

Download a list of polling districts and stations

Or, use Democracy Club's polling station finder tool.

Vote by post

You can apply to vote by post for any reason. If you are concerned about voting in person or might find it more convenient then apply now as there are legal deadlines for applications and earlier applications are sent our first. Due to the number we send out applications made near the deadline can arrive near to polling day. Completed postal votes must reach us by the close of normal polling to be counted. 

Download a postal vote application form (PDF)

Email your completed form (we accept the form by scan or good quality photograph) to postal-vote@royalgreenwich.gov.uk. We check the signature you give us on the form against one we ask you to supply when you vote. So you must have your actual signature (not a computerised font) on the form, or your vote will be rejected.

You can also post your completed form to:

Electoral Services
Town Hall
Wellington Street
London, SE18 6PW

Vote by proxy

Voting by proxy means appointing somebody else to vote for you in the event that you cannot get to your polling station. Both you and the person voting for you (your proxy) must be registered to vote, but your proxy does not have to live in Royal Greenwich.

Your proxy will be sent a proxy poll card, telling them where and when to vote. You must let your proxy know which candidate or party you want them to vote for on your behalf.

Register to vote by proxy here.

In certain circumstances, where you have an emergency that means you cannot vote in person, you can apply for an emergency proxy.

This must be caused by something that you were not aware of before the normal proxy vote deadline.

If you think you need to vote by emergency proxy, please email elect@royalgreenwich.gov.uk your proxy form or call 020 8921 5882.