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The Saturday List: Election Day May 01


Today’s list is a quick list of things to remember about General Election polling day:

  • It’s on Thursday (6th May).
  • Polls open at 7am and close at 10pm.
  • In many places there are local elections on the same day.
  • If you’re eligible to vote, you should have had a polling card from your council telling you where your polling station is. If you haven’t had one and you think you should be able to vote, give them a call as soon as possible.
  • You don’t need your polling card to vote, but it helps the polling station staff if you have it.
  • If you have a postal vote and haven’t returned it yet, get it in the post asap. It has to arrive with the council before the polls close on Thursday.
  • If you still have your postal vote on polling day, you can take it – sealed in its envelope – to your local polling station, or to your local council.
  • When you vote, put a cross in the box for the candidate you want to vote for (or, for local elections where you have more than one vote, the boxes of the candidates you want to vote for). Don’t write anything else on the ballot paper or you risk it being spoilt.
  • After the polls close, the ballot boxes will be taken to the count location. First, the council will check that the number of ballot papers in each ballot box matches the number of ballot papers given to voters. Then the votes will be counted.
  • Most counts for the General Election are taking place on Thursday night. Get an estimate of when the result will be announced for your constituency from the Press Association.
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