11 December 2019 16:44
It's not your usual festive activity but the country will be taking to the polls this month. Current Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced in October that a pre-Christmas General Election will take place on Thursday December 12. This could see the UK enter 2020 with a brand new Prime Minister and another Brexit deadline to meet - which is currently earmarked for January 31 2020. Voters will have to choose which Conservative, Labour, Liberal Democrat, Brexit Party or other and independent candidates they want to represent their local constituency which will then ultimately decide who runs the country. But to be able to have your say, you need to have registered to vote before the deadline on November 26 and then make your way over to your local polling station once the day arrives.
Churches, schools, community centres and other public venues will become polling stations on the day itself and where you need to go will be on your polling card which you should receive before the election. If you have lost yours or haven't received one, you can contact your local authority's election office to find out where you need to go on polling day. Once you there, you will be given a ballot paper which will list your local candidates standing in the election and which parties they represent. To choose your candidate, you need to put an X in the box next to their name in pencil. If you put a mark in more than one box, or spoil your ballot paper in any other way, your vote will not be valid.
Once you have made your decision, fold the ballot paper and put it in the box where the votes will be collected by the volunteers on the day. You have from 7am until 10pm to vote. Get the biggest daily stories by email Subscribe Thank you for subscribing We have more newsletters Show me See our privacy notice Could not subscribe, try again later Invalid Email Hundreds of students in Cardiff won't be able to vote on Thursday's General Election due to an "admin error". Students across the city had been urged to register ahead of the November 26 deadline and told to make sure they put their flat number in as well as their street address. However, Cardiff council said around 200 applications were invalid and as a result those who applied will not be able to cast their vote in tomorrow's ballot. Video Loading Video Unavailable Click to play Tap to play The video will start in 8 Cancel Play now Officials blamed the affected students for not properly filling out the form. However, a number of them claimed they had filled out their details correctly and also said they had no contact from the authorities to say their address was invalid. Morgan Cullen, 19, studies at the University of South Wales and is originally from Oxford. She said: "I registered online at my university address, typed in my postcode and I clicked my flat number that automatically came up. "I then had absolutely no contact from the council to say there was an issue with my address and that it was invalid. "I was of course really angry when I found out. I think it could have a massive impact because of how crucial it is for young people to get out and vote." (Image: WalesOnline/Rob Browne) Cardiff council received around 1,000 invalid applications - with 800 people being contacted about the error. However, it is understood that the 200 or so students caught up by the problem have not received any correspondence about it. Details on what constituencies of those left out have not been revealed. Jess Blair, director of the Electoral Reform society Cymru, said: "Those who have registered in good faith and in good time should not be denied their say due to an address system error. "If this is confirmed to be a mistake on the part of Cardiff Council, we would hope the authority do the right thing and rectify this error, rather than risk disenfranchising people for no fault of their own." In response, the council said it is was not up to the Electoral Registration Officer to chase up invalid applications. A spokesman said: "The national electoral registration website allows electors to provide addresses manually when registering to vote and unfortunately, a number of people living in student accommodation have supplied incomplete addresses. Without the full and accurate address, including flat and room numbers, it is not possible to add individuals to the register. He added: "Everyone registering on the site receives an auto confirmation message that the application has been sent to us, regardless if the information supplied is complete or not. We have raised concerns about this issue. "It is the responsibility of the elector to validly register and there is no obligation on the Electoral Registration Officer to chase up invalid applications. However, considerable time and effort has been given to trying to contact those affected and of approximately 1,000 invalid applications, around 800 people have been contacted and registered. "Many have not responded, others have not provided contact details and unfortunately, due to the high volume of queries currently being dealt with, we have not been able to contact all of those who made invalid applications." Polls will open tomorrow from 7am and will close at 10pm.