How to Vote
If a person is a qualified elector and the Presidential election is contested, he must present himself as a voter at his allotted polling station on Polling Day to cast his vote between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m.
The voter must bring along his original NRIC (identity cards issued by the Ministry of Defence, Singapore Police Force or Singapore Civil Defence Force for uniformed personnel) or passport to the polling station. Photocopies of these identification documents are not allowed. Bringing along the poll card will facilitate checks.
The voter should mark his choice clearly with a “X” in one of the empty boxes on the ballot paper.
In order to maintain voting secrecy, a voter should observe the following:
- Don’t sign or make any marks on the ballot paper that may identify him;
- Don’t show his ballot paper to anyone else in the polling station.
After the voter has marked his choice on his ballot paper, he should proceed to drop his ballot paper in the ballot box without delay and leave the polling station.
How to check Register of Electors
A register of electors for an electoral division (also known as a constituency) is the list of all qualified electors in that electoral division. There is one register for each electoral division. Electoral divisions are areas within Singapore demarcated for the purposes of elections. There are 2 types of electoral divisions in Singapore: Group Representation Constituencies (GRCs) and Single Member Constituencies (SMCs).
The registers of electors are compiled from records of NRIC holders kept by the Commissioner of National Registration by applying the qualifying criteria as of a prescribed date in accordance with section 5 of the Parliamentary Elections Act (Cap. 218). The date that the current set of registers is based on (i.e. the cut-off date) is 1 Jun 2017.
Singapore citizens may check their particulars in the registers in the following ways:
- Online via the Elections Department eServices;
- At community centres/clubs (with NRIC/passport);
- At Singapore overseas missions that serve as overseas polling stations (with NRIC/passport); and
- At Elections Department office (with NRIC/passport).
How to check Polling station
You will receive a poll card if you are registered as an elector and your constituency is contested.
Your poll card will give you the location of the polling station you are assigned to vote at the election. You are only allowed to vote at that polling station.
REMEMBER: YOU CAN ONLY VOTE ONCE AT AN ELECTION
Voting Within Singapore
You will be assigned to vote at a local polling station near to your address in the register of electors.
Polling stations in Singapore are usually located within schools, community centres/clubs or void decks/precinct pavilions in public housing estates. The addresses of all polling stations for an election in a constituency will be available in this website immediately after the Nomination Day for that election.
Polling stations in Singapore will normally be opened from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Polling Day for you to cast your vote. You can go to your allotted polling station at any time during those hours to cast your vote – you need not rush to vote. From our experience, the queues of voters and hence the waiting time for voting tend to be longest in the morning. However, please avoid going to vote too late as no more ballot papers will be issued to voters who are still in the queues when polling closes at 8 p.m.
When you register to vote overseas, you will be assigned to vote at one of the overseas polling stations located within Singapore's High Commissions, Embassies or Consulates.
Not all of Singapore's High Commissions, Embassies or Consulates have been designated as overseas polling stations as many do not have the necessary security and/or numbers of personnel to conduct an election.
Click here for the list of Singapore's High Commissions, Embassies or Consulates that are designated as overseas polling stations for the coming elections.