With polling day less than a day away, you might feel a bit embarrassed about not knowing where to vote, or how to vote. But fear not, here’s an easy guide for those of you who are a bit unsure.
Where can I vote?
You vote in person at a polling station, of which there are thousands around the country tomorrow. Church halls, school classrooms, or even a lifeboat station. The latter’s probably not the case in South Yorkshire however, unless it keeps raining.
Everybody is allocated an individual polling station, so not to overcrowd one particular station. It should be the one closest to where you have registered to vote.
The address of the polling station you need to vote at should be on your polling card.
However, if you’ve lost your polling card, fear not!
There’s a handy website here to find out which polling station is the one for you: https://www.yourvotematters.co.uk/register-to-vote/find-your-local-authority
How do I vote?
You can vote between 7am and 10pm tomorrow, Thursday 8th June.
Once you’ve arrived at the polling station, you should approach the desk usually occupied by middle-aged to elderly ladies with big lists in front of them.
If you have got your polling card, give it to them and they will find you on the list and give you a ballot form.
You do not need your polling card!
If you’ve lost it, don’t worry. It can speed up the process but it’s by no means mandatory. Just give them your legal name and they will find you on the list and issue you with a ballot.
Then, go into a polling booth, and put a cross in the box next to the desired party and candidate.
If you get it wrong, go back and tell the people with the lists, and they’ll give you another one. Handy bunch.
Once you’re happy with your ballot, fold it in half and put it in the ballot box.
Take a photo of your ballot, it breaches the secrecy of ballots. All votes are private, although that doesn’t stop you telling people afterwards.
Vote on Thursday, visit South Yorkshire Briefing and follow our live blog!
Pencils not pens?
During the EU Referendum, there was a bizarre theory amongst many tin-hatters that using pencils was a conspiracy to deprive them of a Brexit vote, and that the state would rub out their vote and change it. Many opted to take pens.
Obviously, it worked for them…
Pencils are used because they’re cheaper, can be safely stored between elections, and don’t run out in the same way pens do.
So don’t panic. Doris the Election Teller isn’t a secret MI5 stooge who is going to change your vote … or is she?