Election Day

Today was election day here in the UK, the polling stations will have just closed and the votes will be counted overnight and usually by the morning we will have a result.

Some of you might not be aware of how we vote in the UK so I’m going to try to explain what I did and how it went and also I’ll share with you who I voted for.

In the UK you can either vote at a polling station set up in places all around the cities and towns that you live within, if eligible to vote you will receive a polling card via post and then you have four different options.

Option 1 is to vote on the day at a polling station.
Option 2 is to vote via a postal vote (this gives a deadline of about 2 weeks before election day.
Option 3 is called proxy voting, which has to be applied for, this means you legally allow someone you trust to vote on your behalf if you are unable to attend for many reasons.
Option 4 is to not vote at all.

I chose to visit my polling station as it’s literally down the road from me and makes sense to do so that way.

When I entered the polling station I handed over my card, known as a “polling card” to someone who checked my details and polling card number against a list, they said my full name and I confirmed it and then another person handed me my ballot paper and directed me towards the polling booths, it is here where I marked an X in the box of the candidate I wish to be elected, I chose to vote Labour this time around, last time back in 2010 I voted Lib Dem and when they decided to form a coalition with the Conservatives I vowed never to vote for them again.

I’m hoping that come the morning we wake up to a good result, the exit polls have shown that this might not be the case but aren’t a true indicator of the result, only time will tell!

2 thoughts on “Election Day

  1. Tim Bakker says:

    “if eligible to vote you will receive a polling card via post and then you have four different options.” – it’s not automatc, sadly otherwise I’d have voted today.

    You have to register first, which I think is stupid – it should be automatic and based around ID, registry only for those without passport, etc.

    • I wasn’t aware of this, I assumed everyone got a card because I don’t remember registering to vote, the cards just turn up? I’m confused – it sucks that you weren’t able to vote 🙁

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