Local election polls: What time do polling stations open and close tomorrow?

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Voters across the UK will descend on their local polling station tomorrow to cast a ballot in an almost unprecedented voting event dubbed ‘Super Thursday’. Almost 48million people in England, Scotland and Wales will be eligible to vote on a range of topics, including devolved governments, local councils and police and crime commissioners. Londoners will be voting for their mayor as well as London Assembly, while those in Scotland will be electing a leader to the Holyrood parliament.

There will be a number of rules in place to make way for the fact the vote is happening during the pandemic.

The Electoral Commission has issued the following guidance on how polling stations are adapting:

  • Social distancing measures will be in place, with a limit on how many people allowed inside the polling station
  • Voters will be expected to wear a face mask or covering
  • Hand sanitisers will be available upon entering and exiting the premises – you’re encouraged to use these
  • Polling staff could be behind protective screens, but you can ask for help if you need it
  • Polling staff will be regularly cleaning, so you may need to wait for a booth before you can use it
  • Voters are welcome to take their own pen or pencil if they’d like, but clean pencils will be available for each voter
  • Where possible, polling stations will have a one way system, so be prepared to follow signs and instructions

Where is my polling station?

Your polling station is very likely to be a public building, such as a school or community hall close to where you live.

These details will be included in a polling card you should have received through the post.

If you have misplaced or haven’t received your card for some reason, you can double-check where you’re expected to go via the Electoral Commission website.

You must visit your assigned polling station, and you can’t choose to, for example, go to one near your place of work if that’s not where you’ve been assigned.

What time do polling stations open and close?

Polling stations for all the elections in the UK will be open from 7am until 10pm on Thursday, May 6.

You will be allowed to cast your vote after 10pm as long as you’ve joined the queue before closing time.

The majority of people will opt to vote in person tomorrow, and polling stations tend to be busiest first thing in the morning before school and work.

When you arrive, tell the presiding officer or poll clerk your name and address so they can verify you’re on the electoral register.

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You will not need to take your polling card with you to the station as it’s not necessary for voting.

You also won’t need to take any form of identification with you in England, Scotland and Wales as again, this isn’t necessary to cast your vote.

The officer will then cross your name off their list and hand you a ballot paper (or more than one if you’re voting in several elections) listing the parties and candidates available.

Take your time to read the information on the ballot paper carefully as different elections, for example the Scottish Parliament, work in different ways.

What if I’ve missed the postal vote deadline?

The deadline for a postal vote application has now passed for all UK countries, and it’s too late to send it in the post as it won’t arrive on time.

If you still want it to be counted, you can return it as soon as possible when the polling stations open tomorrow.

You can take your postal vote pack, filled out, and drop it at your local polling station as long as it’s before 10pm.

People voting by post need to mark their vote in secret on the ballot card and fill in the postal voting statement before putting it into the secure envelope provided to drop off at the polling station.

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