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Voting in the European election today? You DON'T need your polling card

Voting in the European election today? You DON'T need your polling card

If you want to vote in the European election but don't have a polling card, don't worry, you can vote without it. But beware, don't take a selfie in the polling station – you could be breaking the law.

The European election is your chance to have a say on who will represent the UK in the European Parliament.

Seventy-three MEPs will be elected to represent different regions of the UK, with the results announced on Sunday evening.

Where do I vote?

Polling stations are usually in a local hall or school, but if you're unsure where to go to vote, you can enter your postcode on the Where is my local polling station? site.

Polling stations are open from 7am until 10pm on Thursday 23 May.

If voting in England, Scotland or Wales, as long as you're registered on the electoral roll and go into the polling station and give your name and address, you'll be able to vote. You don't need your polling card – though if you have it to hand, it's worth taking as it may make casting your vote quicker.

Only voters in Northern Ireland have to take photo ID with them to a polling station – though again, you won't need a polling card. Accepted forms of ID include:

  • A UK, Irish or EU passport.
  • A driving licence from any European Union country or Iceland, Norway or Liechtenstein.
  • An electoral identity card.
  • Certain Translink passes (full details here).

Selfies and social media

While it's exciting voting in an election, and you might want to mark the occasion with a quick photo of yourself, be careful you don't take any pictures inside the polling station – even of your ballot paper.

This is because there are laws about obtaining and sharing information in polling stations – and if you take a photo inside a polling station, you could be breaking the rules.

You can tweet about how you voted – but the Electoral Commission, which oversees how elections take place, advises against doing it inside the polling station.

Need help at the polling station?

If you need advice, just ask staff at the polling station – they'll be happy to help.

If you have a disability, you can ask for help and the presiding officer, the person in charge of the polling station, can mark the ballot paper for you. You can also ask someone else to help you (eg, a support worker, as long as they're a relative or an eligible voter and have not already helped more than one other person to vote).

If you have a visual impairment, you can ask to see a large print ballot paper or for a special voting device that allows you to vote on your own in secret.

For full information on how to vote, see the Electoral Commission website.

So, get out there and vote!