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Our guide to voting in person for the first time

For most of our students, this will be the first time they’ll have had the opportunity to vote in a General Election. If this includes you – don’t worry. We’ve compiled all the information you need to make sure you visit the polling station with confidence this week!

Thursday 8 June: Arriving at the Polling Station

The poll card you’ll have received in the post will give you the address for the polling station you need to attend. You can visit whenever suits you best between 7am and 10pm so there’s plenty of time to cast your vote, even if you have a full day of college or work.

  1. The staff at the polling station will give you a ballot paper listing the candidates you can vote for. You may be given more than one ballot paper if there is more than one election taking place in your local area on the same day.
  2. Take your ballot paper into a polling booth so that no one can see how you vote. Read the ballot paper carefully, it will tell you how to cast your vote. Do not write anything else on the paper or your vote may not be counted.
  3. Mark your ballot paper according to the instructions. A pencil will be provided for you to do this, but you may use your own pen if you prefer.
  4. If you make a mistake on your ballot paper, don’t worry – so long as you haven’t already put it in the ballot box, just let the polling station staff know and they can issue you with a replacement ballot paper.
  5. Fold your completed ballot paper in half, show the back to the Presiding Officer and then pop it in the ballot box – and that’s it done!

Information courtesy of https://www.yourvotematters.co.uk/how-do-i-vote/voting-in-person

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