At election time, everyone who is on the electoral register is entitled to use their vote however they want - not how someone else wants.
Your vote - your voice - your choice
Below you will find guidance on what is and is not OK when it comes to voting in general and local elections.
You will also find contact details so you can ask for help if you are worried about someone trying to use your vote or if you have witnessed electoral fraud and want to report it.
You can find a useful video on the Electoral Commission's YouTube Channel that will explain the rights and wrongs of electoral voting and campaigning.
Friends and family: is it OK..?
YES - friends and family can discuss how they will vote and their reasons for voting.
YES - other people can give you their opinion on how they think you should vote.
YES - you can ask for help to get to the polling station.
YES - if you have a disability - and get permission from staff at the polling station - you can get help with voting under certain circumstances.
Staff themselves can also help you. Any family or friends will need to sign a form saying they helped you to vote.
NO - one can force you to vote in a particular way or stop you from voting.
NO - one can take your postal ballot paper away from you, watch you complete it or ask to see it when you have completed it.
NO - one can cast your vote for you, pretending to be you
Election campaigners: is it OK..?
YES - campaigners can explain their party or candidate's policies to you
YES - they can encourage you to vote for their party or candidate
YES - they can encourage you not to vote for another party's or candidate
YES - they can explain how the electoral registration or voting process works, including how to vote by post
YES - they can provide you with an electoral registration form or an application form for a proxy or postal vote and explain how to fill it in
NO - one can force you to vote in a particular way or stop you from voting
NO - one can offer to reward you for voting for them (with money, food, gifts, a job)
NO - one can get in the way or stop you from getting into the polling station to vote
Worried about voting fraud?
If you think electoral fraud may have been committed, or you are concerned about your own vote being used by someone else:
- Talk to us on 01507 601111
- Email - firstname.lastname@example.org