How to vote in the UK general election 2019?


THE UK general election 2019 is today and polling stations close at 10pm.

This is what you should know about how to vote.

Voting for the 2019 General Election takes place tomorrow

How to vote in the 2019 general election?

You should be registered to vote on the GOV.UK website.

The deadline passed on November 26.

If you missed the deadline you will not be able to vote today.

Postal votes must arrive at your electoral office by 10pm tonight.

If you are registered but unable to vote in person, there is still time to vote by emergency proxy.

To vote in person, you should go to the location on your polling card.

Can I vote online?

No. Although people register to vote online, you cant actually vote online in the general election.

To cast your vote you must head to your polling station and do it the old fashioned way, unless you previously registered for a postal vote.

Electronic or online voting is available elsewhere in the world, such as the USA, Brazil and India, while certain elections in Australia and Canada have included online voting.

Polling station rules

Every polling station has rules on how you cast your vote and behave when in the polling station:

  • You must bring ID to the polling station
  • Selfies are frowned upon as they risks giving away what someone else voted, which is illegal
  • People are permitted to spoil their ballot as a protest, however they wont be counted
  • It is illegal to openly share how anyone else voted
  • You are not allowed to photograph the ballot paper you receive at the polling station
  • Animals, apart from guide dogs, are usually not allowed inside a polling station
  • There is no law against wearing political clothing or a banner in when you go to vote


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