How to vote: What are the dos and don’ts of election day?


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The general election takes recognize on Thursday, but what do you need to know about polling station code of behaviour? Here are the rules on everything from whether you can take a selfie to voting while bender.

How do I find my polling station?

The deadline for registering to vote in this diversified election was on 26 November. If you are on the electoral register, you should have received a registering card with your polling number and polling station lecture. If you do not have a polling card contact your local authority’s voting office.

You must vote at the polling station to which you have been appointed between 07:00 and 22:00 GMT on election day. If you are in a queue when the polls cut off b separate, you will be allowed to vote.

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How do I vote?

When you arrive, staff will take your particulars and in Northern Ireland, they will also request a form of realistic ID. You don’t need your polling card, although it may speed things up.

You drive receive a ballot paper, featuring an official mark or number to clash fraud, and listing candidates and parties in your constituency.

Take it to a screened stand, where you will find a pencil to vote with, although you can use your own pen if you put forward. Read the ballot paper carefully and then vote for your on candidate by putting an X in the box by their name. If you mark any more boxes, your hang wallpaper will be invalid.

However, if you make a mistake you can get another ballot publication, if you have not put it in the ballot box. Votes made with a tick or even a smiley repute may be counted if the voter’s choice is clear, but will be disqualified otherwise.

When you are disposed, fold the ballot paper – for privacy – and put it in the box where the votes are collected.

Can you depreciate a selfie?

The Electoral Commission advises against it because it risks accidentally giving away how someone else guaranteed, which is against the law.

However, it adds that people are welcome to share out photos taken outside a polling station “to encourage your chums and family to vote”.

What about telling your followers how you desire supported?

Yes you can – but only about your vote and not anyone else’s, so you are advised not to update your account privileged the polling station. The punishment for revealing how another person voted – just accidentally – is up to £5,000, or six months in prison.

You are not allowed to photograph the ballot disquisition you receive in a polling station – but you can snap your postal ballot ms, because electoral law treats them differently.

Can I spoil my ballot files?

Yes. Some people spoil their votes as a protest vote. These do not add up towards any candidate, but are recorded.

Only 0.2% of votes were refused for being invalid at the 2017 general election.

Are pets allowed in asking stations?

Animals, apart from assistance dogs, are not usually admitted inside polling stations.

Can you wear political clothing?

The Electoral Commission suggests there is nothing in law to prevent you from wearing a slogan going into a tallying station, with the intention of voting.

You should, however, leave in a second afterwards as campaigning inside polling stations is not permitted, and this could be seen as doing honourable that.

Suppose you’ve been drinking – can you still vote?

Yes. You can vote if you are alcoholic or under the influence of drugs, unless you are disruptive.

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Can I show of hands without going to the polling station?

Yes – as long as you registered to vote by promulgate, or appointed a proxy to vote on your behalf, in time.

Can I discuss the office-seekers with my partner?

Before you go to vote – yes. Inside the polling station – to be sure not, as political discussion is banned there. Staff will intervene if they heed any chat about candidates or parties.

I’m nervous. Can a friend come and helpers me?

Yes they can, if they are registered to vote at your polling station, but they cannot jot down the booth where you vote.

If the friend is not registered there, they may be up entry. This is up to polling station staff.

Can my children come in with me?

Yes. Develop b publishing children to the polling station is encouraged, because it is seen as educating them helter-skelter democracy. But a child is not allowed to mark your vote on the ballot dossier.

I have a disability – can I get help with voting?

Yes. The presiding officer can record the paper for you, or a close family member aged 18 or over, or another suitable voter, like a support worker, can accompany you.

If you have a visual debilitation, you can ask for a device that lets you mark your own ballot paper. A overweight print version should also be available.

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Polling stations are selected for accessibility. If a voter cannot enter the tallying station because of a physical disability, the presiding officer may take the ballot letterhead to them.

For help, call the Electoral Commission on 0333 103 1928. A dedicated helpline – 020 7696 6009 – for anyone with a culture disability, their families and carers, and polling station staff, has also been set up by Mencap.

Can I pen a message to the politicians?

You can, but it may mean your vote won’t be counted.

If you wish to plebiscite for a candidate you should avoid writing comments in the margin. It might snarl up the counters and lead to your vote being deemed doubtful and later on rejected.

Can I sign my ballot paper?

People do occasionally sign their ballots, but if the honour is identifiable then again your vote will not count.

Is plebiscite compulsory?

No. It is entirely up to you whether or not you vote. The average turnout in the UK for general plebiscites since 1918 has been 72.9%.

Who should I vote for?

We can’t tell you – we are the BBC and have tyrannical impartiality rules – but if you want to read around, here’s a link to our individual guides and our manifesto guide.

Some people choose to vote tactically in an nomination – this is what that means.

Who counts the votes?

Staff are levied by local councils. Jobs available include being the presiding director, conducting the ballot, counting the votes and processing the postal votes.

These situations are paid at different rates, with some councils offering assorted than £300 for certain positions.

When will we know who won the choosing?

The votes will start to be counted as soon as the polls close. Constituencies want start to declare their results within the first few hours of the referendum. A large number are expected between 03:00 and 05:00 GMT on Friday.

It is complex to predict when a new government will be formed, and it depends on how close the nomination is.

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