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12 December 2019 22:32

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TODAY is polling day - but do you know where to go to cast your vote? A. Your polling card will have your name on it and show the address of the polling station where you are registered to vote. If you have registered to vote by post, the deadline for casting ballots has passed, but you may still fill out your vote and take it to your local polling station. If you are at a particularly busy station and find yourself in a queue at 10pm you will still be allowed to cast your ballot thanks to a recent change in the law. A. If you are over 18 and a British, Irish, or qualifying Commonwealth citizen you are eligible to vote in UK general elections but you must have registered to vote beforehand.

A. If you have registered you will either have received a polling card or if you have registered for a postal vote, a postal voting pack. A. You first need to give your name and address to a member of staff who has a list of registered voters. If you are registered you will be handed ballot papers and directed to the voting booths, where you will cast your ballot. You may be given more than one ballot paper if council and mayoral elections are also taking place in your local area. You do not necessarily need to take your polling card with you but it can speed up the process.

A. Put an 'X' in the box next to the candidate you want to vote for and make sure no one can see you do it. Once you have marked your preference, fold the paper in half, and put it in the polling station's ballot box. If you mark the paper in any other way it will be counted as spoilt, but if you make a mistake you may swap your paper for a new one with a member of staff, provided it has not gone into the ballot box. A. Pencils are provided at every polling station mostly for convenience - they are more reliable than pens and less likely to run out - but you are allowed to bring your own pen and use that. The important thing is that you make a clear 'X' in the box next to one candidate - whatever you use to write it, your vote will count.

A. You can spoil your ballot paper by marking it in any other way than an 'X' next to one candidate. But if you are a disillusioned voter who wants to express your displeasure at the options in front of you, writing "none of the above" will not count specifically as a rejection of all the candidates - it will simply be counted as another spoilt ballot. A. The Electoral Commission advises voters not to take photos, including selfies, inside the polling station as the law covering this area is complex. A badly taken polling booth selfie in particular could inadvertently reveal how you or someone else has voted, potentially breaking laws around secret ballots. Once outside the polling station you are free to post on social media about which party you voted for.

A. If you are disabled and need help getting to the polling station, contact your local elections office to find out what help is available. Make sure you know where your nearest polling station is before you head out to vote (Picture: PA) Voting has opened in the 2019 General Election, with huge queues already forming at polling stations across the country. It's clear that every vote counts – but just where should you be casting your vote, and does it have to be at a particular polling station, or can you vote anywhere? The address of your polling station will be on your polling card, which you should have received in the run-up to the election. If you don't have your polling card, contact the electoral services team at your local council, who will be able to tell you where it is. You can only vote at the polling station you are assigned on your polling card (Picture: PA) Can you vote at any polling station? The short answer is no, you cannot vote at any polling station. You are only allowed to vote at the station which is on your polling card – while is likely to be as local to you as possible. You don't need to take your polling card to the station with you – just give your name and address to the staff at the polling station when you arrive. What time do the polling stations close tonight? The race for number 10 is set to be close after recent polls show the gap between Conservative and Labour narrowing (Picture: Getty; AFP) Polling stations will close at 10pm tonight. However, if you're already in a queue to vote at 10pm, you'll still be allowed in to cast your vote, whether you happen to be inside or outside the polling station at the time. According to the Electoral Commission, 'any eligible electors who at 10pm are in a queue at their polling station for the purposes of voting (whether that queue is inside or continues on outside the station) must be allowed to vote.' The time is up for campaigning, and now voters will make their decisions and cast their votes in the first December general election since 1923. Polling stations opened at 7am and votes will be cast right up until 10pm. READ MORE How only Boris Johnson will bring economic BOOST to Britain He told reporters: "This could not be more critical, it could not be tighter - I just say to everybody the risk is very real that we could tomorrow be going into another hung parliament." On Thursday, once you have decided which of your local candidates you wish to vote for, it is time to head to your local polling station and cast your vote. Where is my local polling station? You should have received your polling card through the post, and on this, it will say which polling station to attend. Election 2019 polling station finder: Politicians have been campaigning on the last day before the election Election 2019 polling station finder: To cast your vote place an X in the box next to the candidate you wish to pick READ MORE Polling station opening hours: What time YOUR polling station opens You do not need your polling card to vote and you do not need to display ID. When you attend, give your name to the polling clerk and they will hand you your ballot paper. Mark a cross (X) against the one candidate you want to elect, either using the pencil provided or you can bring your own pen. Then once you have chosen your candidate place your ballot paper in the box provided. Election 2019 polling station finder: Boris Johnson has been on the trail canvassing for votes People outside the polling station called "tellers" may ask you for the number on your polling card. The Electoral Commission says: "They are allowed to be there and to ask for the information, but you don't have to give them any information if you don't want to. "If you are concerned about the conduct of a teller, speak to a member of staff at the polling station." People in Merseyside have today complained that they have been turned away from polling stations without being able to vote. A number of people have contacted the ECHO - while others have taken to social media to reveal that they have been turned away from polling stations without having cast their vote. 18-year-old Ellis Bennett was shocked when he went to his local polling station in Woolton Village, only to be told that he was not registered to vote. Ellis said: "I turned up today ready to vote but when I gave my name they said I wasn't on the list. "They put me on to someone at the council who said I wasn't the first person to complain about this - I definitely registered weeks ago." Ellis said he never received a polling card but presumed this was just a postal error - he never thought it would mean he couldn't vote. Opinion polls as country heads to vote "I am fuming, this election is the biggest issue facing the country and we need young people to get out and vote." He said on social media he had seen numerous other people complaining about similar incidents. Joanne is from Halewood and went to vote this morning at her local polling station in Hollies Road, but she wasn't able to. "When the postal voter paperwork arrived at my house with my polling card I binned it and thought it was a mistake as I have always voted at polling stations. More general election voters turned away. "The people at the polling station this morning had no idea why my name (and a number of others) were crossed out, so he asked for my card and said come back after work later and I will look into it for you. "If this is happening across the country people will be confused and turned away. Why send polling card and postal votes to you if you can't use the card?" The voter, who lives in the Riverside constituency said they had been given a polling card for the wrong constituency and had been crossed off the list of voters. A spokesperson for Liverpool Council today: "We are not aware of any issues concerning voter registration and if people registered to vote on or before November 26, they should be eligible to vote today. We would remind residents that if you have registered to vote but do not have a polling card, they can still vote today."