How to mark your ballot paper

UK Parliamentary election:
 
On the ballot paper, mark a cross (X) against the candidate you wish to vote for.
 
All other elections:
 
On the ballot paper, mark a ‘1’ against your first preferred candidate, a ‘2’ against your second preferred candidate and so on, for as many candidates as you wish.
 
If you make a mistake on your ballot paper
 
If you make a mistake on your ballot paper, for example if you mark your vote against the wrong candidate or mark it so your choice of candidate is not clear, you can return the ballot paper to the polling station staff and you will be issued with a replacement. If you make a mistake on your ballot paper and put it in the ballot box, a replacement cannot be issued.
 
If you are voting by post you can return your postal vote documents to the Area Office that issued them and obtain a replacement. You must do this by 5pm on the day before polling day. If you lose your ballot paper you cannot obtain a replacement.