Vote at a polling station

If you have not already registered, you will need to before you can vote at a polling station on election day.

Around 4 weeks before election day you will receive a polling card. The card will tell you where your polling station is and will have a map to help you find it.

What you need to do

On election day, the polling stations open at 7am and close at 10pm.

You do not need to take your poll card with you, but it may be quicker if you do.

Find out more about voting in person on The Electoral Commission website

Watch this short video about voting at a polling station:


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Polling station accessibility

Polling stations should all be accessible. To help you vote, we may provide: 

  • a ramp to help with access to the station
  • large print copies of ballot papers
  • a device to help those with sight problems vote unaided.

The presiding officer can help place a vote on the voter's behalf or the voter can bring a companion to help them. Companions who help someone to vote will be asked to sign a declaration so there is a formal record.

Protect your vote

Watch this short video about protecting your vote when voting at a polling station:

Review of polling districts

Medway Council is reviewing the polling districts and polling places in the borough. This is in line with the Review of Polling Districts and Polling Places (Parliamentary Elections) Regulations 2006, as amended by the Electoral Registration and Administration Act 2013, and in light of new ward boundaries that come into effect for the local and parish elections in May 2023.

View the existing schedule of polling districts and polling places

The proposed schedule will be published when available along with the acting returning officer’s comments on the proposals.

Have your say

Any electors within the authority area or within the UK Parliamentary constituencies of Chatham and Aylesford, Gillingham and Rainham or Rochester and Strood may make a representation on the existing scheme or the proposals. 

Medway Council welcome views of all residents on the proposals once published here, particularly disabled residents and the comments of any person or organisation with expertise in access for people with any type of disability.

Anyone making representations or comments are invited to give alternative places that may be used as polling places, as far as is possible, and are encouraged to give a reason for the alternative proposal so that it may be given appropriate consideration.

Documents relating to the review, including representations received, can be inspected at the Electoral Services team offices at Gun Wharf, Dock Road, Chatham, ME4 4TR, during normal office hours.

Any representations or comments on the existing schedule of polling districts and polling places should be made in writing, preferably by emailing electoralservices@medway.gov.uk.

You can also post your comments to Medway Electoral Services, Gun Wharf, Dock Road, Chatham, ME4 4TR.

It is anticipated that the outcome of the review will be considered by the Full Council meeting on 21 July 2022.