Election 2017: Everything you need to know about voting in Weston-super-Mare
PUBLISHED: 16:00 07 June 2017
The UK will head to the polls tomorrow (Thursday) to vote in a snap general election. Here is everything you need to know about how to vote…
When can I vote?
The election will take place tomorrow (June 8). Polls will be open between 7am and 10pm.
What am I voting for?
The general election will decide which party, or coalition of parties, forms the next UK Government. There are 650 seats in the House of Commons up for grabs.
You are voting for who you would like to be your local Member of Parliament.
Where do I vote?
If you are registered, which you must be to vote, you should have received a polling card in the post. Your polling card will have your name, polling number and the address of your polling station on it – these are normally inside of public buildings such as schools, churches, community centres and village halls. There are more than 40,000 polling stations nationwide.
There are a list of polling stations here.
Can I go to any polling station?
No, you will only be able to vote at the polling station stated on your polling card.
Do I need ID to vote?
No, you do not need to show your ID to vote in England, Scotland or Wales.
Do I need to take my polling card with me?
No, do not worry if you lose your polling card or forget to take it with you. It is for your information only, but it may speed up the process once you arrive at the polling station.
What happens when I get to the polling station?
When you arrive, staff will ask for your details and cross off your name on their check list. You will be given a ballot paper listing candidates and the parties you can vote for.
How do I vote?
Each polling booth will contain sharpened pencils. Simply put an X in the box next to the name of the person you want to be your representative in parliament. If you mark more than one box, your paper will be invalid.
Once you have marked the box, you should then fold the ballot paper and post it into the ballot box.
What if I make a mistake?
You can get your ballot paper re-issued, as long as you have not already put it in the box.
Can I spoil my ballot paper?
Yes. By law unused and spoilt ballot papers must be verified. Some people spoil their votes as a way of using their right to express a view, without voting for any of the candidates.
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