Election day is here! Top things you need to know about voting

The big day has arrived and I am buzzing to go and cast my ballot later! 

There are a ton of rules around voting and for many of you it may be your first time voting in a general election, so check out our FAQs below to find out the things you need to know.

Find answers here or post your questions in the comments:

What time are polling stations open?

Polling stations are open from 7am until 10pm on election day- if you are in the queue at 10pm you will still be able to vote.

How do I know where to vote?

Your polling card will state the location of your designated polling station. Alternatively, you can contact your local elections office to ask them. 

I've lost/forgotten my polling card, can I still vote?

Don't let that stop you voting, you don't need your polling card to vote if you are on the electoral register.

If I applied for a postal vote, can I still vote at the polling station?

If you have applied to vote by post, you cannot vote in person at the polling station, though you can drop your postal vote off to the polling station or to the Returning Officer at your local council.

What if I haven't received my postal ballot paper?

You should receive your postal ballot about one week before the election. If it doesn't arrive, you can get a replacement ballot paper in person from your Returning Officer before 5pm on election day.

Do I need to use a pencil to vote?

You will be provided with a pencil for voting but you can use a pen if preferred. 

How do I fill in the ballot paper?

There will be a polling clerk at the polling station who will show you what to do. There will also be instruction notices in your polling booth. Do not write anything else on your ballot paper or your vote may not be counted. If you make a mistake on your ballot paper, as long as you haven't put it in the ballot box you will be able to get a replacement from the clerks. 

Who are the people wearing rosettes asking for my polling number?

On election day volunteers called tellers wait outside polling stations and ask voters for the number on their polling card. They check who has voted so they can remind those who haven't. They are not acting officially so you don't need to give them any information if you don’t want to.

Can I tell anyone who I have voted for?

You are free to publicise your vote but the Electoral Commission have warned against tweeting your vote whilst in the polling station.

What can't you do in a polling station?

-Take selfies: there is no specific law against it but with the complex laws around maintaining secrecy it's a risk.
-You can't reveal how someone else has voted
-You can't take a photo of a ballot paper's unique ID number
-Voters may not be allowed into polling stations in party t-shirts
-Staff can remove anyone they suspect to be under the influence of drink or drugs
-You can't wear a giant rosette, only plain ones without slogans or candidate names
-Engage in political discussion
-Sign your name on a voting card if your name is identifiable: your ballot can then be rejected as secrecy has been breached