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Polling station information

Find out when and where to go to cast your vote and what to do on polling day.

If you are registered to vote, and have not organised a postal vote or proxy vote, you will be able to go to your designated polling station to vote.

There will be staff on hand at the polling station to help you.

If you have a visual impairment, you can ask to see a large print ballot paper, or you can ask for a special voting device that allows you to vote on your own in secret.

Photography inside the polling station is prohibited. Do not take any photos, as you might find yourself in breach of secrecy of the ballot requirements.

Election day emergency

If you have a medical or work-related emergency that means you cannot go to the polling station in person, you may be able to apply for an emergency proxy up to 5pm on the day of the poll. Find out more on our Voting by proxy page.

Polling stations

Opening times

Polling stations are always open from 7am until 10pm.

The name and location of your polling station will be on the poll card you receive before polling day.

See the map of polling stations below to find out where your polling station is.

The polling stations on this map are the normal polling stations but please refer to your poll cards in case of any temporary changes.

Polling station changes

Following a recent review, there are several permanent changes to the venue of some polling stations in our borough:

Changes to polling stations in our borough

Polling District

Former polling station

New polling station

Christchurch (North)

Burchatts Farm Barn

Urban Saints, Stoke Park, London Road

Friary (East) and (West)

Sandfield Primary School

The Salvation Army Hall, Woodbridge Road

Holy Trinity (North)

The Spike (please check your polling card to find out which polling station to vote in, as The Spike is still the polling station for some voters, for example, those in Holy Trinity - East)

St Joseph's Church Hall, Eastgate Gardens


St Francis Church

Compton Village Hall, The Street, Compton

Stoke (South-West)

The Waterside Centre

New Hope Church, Larch Avenue

East Horsley (Central)

Horsley Library

East Horsley Village Hall, Kingston Avenue, East Horsley

St Martha

Chilworth Infant School

Chilworth Village Hall, New Road, Chilworth

Casting your vote

The following steps guide you through what happens when you get to the polling station, but ask the polling staff for help if you need it.

1.  If you have received a poll card, take it with you and show it to the polling station staff

2.  A member of staff will confirm with you your name and address, write your elector number on a list, and issue you with your ballot paper(s)

3.  Go to the polling booth and vote in secret (instructions on how to fill out your ballot paper will be on display)

4.  Fold the ballot paper(s) in half and place in the ballot box

5.  Leave the polling station

What is a 'teller' at the polling station?

It is possible that as you go into, or out of your polling station, a 'teller' will ask you for your elector number.

The tellers are volunteers for election candidates who wait outside the polling station and ask voters for the number on their polling card. They use this information to check who has voted so they can remind those who haven't yet voted to do so.

You do not have to give them your number if you prefer not to. If you do, they will not be able to tell how you voted.

If you are concerned about the conduct of a teller, speak to the presiding officer at the polling station.

Poll cards

Your poll card will be posted to you before an election/referendum. If you do not receive a poll card, you may not be registered to vote with us. Contact Electoral Services to check if this is the case.

You do not need to take your poll card with you to cast your vote, but it may help the staff at the polling station if you do.

Poll card shows old address

If you have moved house and the poll card you've received shows your old address, you may not be registered to vote at your new address and so you will need to register.

When you register, make sure you give the details of your previous address so we can remove your entry from the register there. The deadline to register at your new address is 12 working days before polling day. If you do not register at your new address in time, you will need to travel to your previous polling station to vote.

If two sets of poll cards are received

This means you are still registered to vote at your previous address. Please contact the Electoral Services team to let them know, and they will remove you from the register at your previous address. It would also be helpful if you could return the poll card displaying your old address as 'return to sender - no longer resident'.

It is an offence to vote twice at the same election.