If you want to vote in the 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.
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Many may be put off from voting because they don't have a polling card, haven't received it in the post or have simply mislaid it. However, don't worry, you can turn up at your local polling station without your card (although if you have it, take it with you).
Where do I vote?
Polling stations are usually in a hall or school, but if you're unsure where to go to vote, visit: Where is my local polling station?
Polling stations will be open from 7am until 10pm tomorrow (8 June).
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. If you can you should also take ID and/or proof of address.
Only voters in Northern Ireland have to take photo ID with them to a polling station. Accepted forms of ID include:
- A UK or Irish passport
- A driving licence from any European Union country or Iceland, Norway or Liechtenstein
- An electoral identity card
- Certain Translink passes (full details here)
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Selfies and social media
While it's exciting voting in the general 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 a photo of a ballot paper would be information "obtained in a polling station" and if shared, for example on social media, could breach "secrecy requirements".
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!