VOTING has opened in the 2019 general election today – and Express.co.uk brings you a simple guide to everything you need to know today.
Polling stations opened this morning and millions of Britons are expected to head to the polls to vote in an election that could help end the Brexit deadlock. But much more is on the table, with the NHS, education the environment, defence, transport all subject of debate. Here’s Express.co.uk’s guide to what you need to know and how to vote today.
Who can vote?
To vote in the General Election on 12 December you must:
- be registered to vote
- be 18 or over on the day of the election (‘polling day’)
- be a British, Irish or qualifying Commonwealth citizen
- be resident at an address in the UK (or a British citizen living abroad who has been registered to vote in the UK in the last 15 years)
- not be legally excluded from voting
How to vote?
Polling stations will be open from 7am to 10pm on 12 December (‘polling day’).
When you get to the polling station, give your name and address to the staff inside.
If you live in England, Wales or Scotland you do not need to bring any identification to vote.
You will need to show photo ID to vote in Northern Ireland.
You do not need to bring your polling card.
You’ll be given a ballot paper containing a list of the people, parties or options you can vote for.
Follow the instructions on the notices in the polling booth and on the top of the ballot paper to vote.
No, you can only vote at the polling station listed on your polling card.
Even if you are registered at multiple addresses, you must only vote once.
Can I spoil my ballot paper?
Yes. Some people spoil their votes as a protest vote.
These do not count towards any candidate but the number of spoiled ballots are recorded.
Only 0.2 percent of votes were rejected for being invalid in 2017.
Are pets allowed in polling stations?
Animals, apart from assistance dogs, are not usually allowed inside polling stations.
However, you can bring your dog into the polling station as long as it is well behaved and does not cause chaos.
Animals shuch as horses must be left outside.
How to get an emergency proxy vote?
You may be able to get an emergency proxy vote if you’re unable to vote in person because of either:
- a medical emergency
- your work
The deadline is 5pm on December 12.
When will we know who won the election?
The votes will start to be counted as soon as the polls close at 10pm tonight.
An exit poll is then expected immediately afterwards.
Constituencies will start to declare their results within the first few hours of the vote.
The majority of oif seats will be declared between 3am and 5am on Friday.