The General Election for 2015 is fast approaching, probably the most unknown result in recent history is only days away now. For many it will be the first time they have voted.
Who can vote?
To be eligible to vote in UK parliamentary general election you need to be:
- 18+ years old
- a citizen of one of the following countries:
- Great Britain
- Republic of Ireland
- Commonwealth countries (if you have leave to enter or remain in the UK or do not require it).
Citizens of other European Union countries are not able to vote in this election even if they have their names on the Electoral Register.
These elections are due to be combined with the local council election, so those people eligible to vote in both elections will have received two ballot papers.
Your poll card
Providing your name is on the electoral register, you should have received a poll card which tells you where you should vote.
Polling stations will be open from 7am-10pm on election day.
The votes will be counted and declared following the close of poll.
What happens in a polling station?
- When you arrive, you’ll need to speak to the election staff at the desk. Tell them your name and address.
- They will mark the register to show you have voted and give you the ballot paper(s) you are entitled to.
- You will need to go to one of the empty polling booths and mark a cross (X) in the box on the right hand side of the ballot paper(s), opposite the name of each candidate you are voting for. Make sure you put no other mark or writing on the ballot paper, or your vote may not be counted. Fold the ballot paper(s) to keep your vote secret.
- Go back to the desk and show the election staff the numbering on the back of the ballot paper, before you put the ballot paper(s) in the ballot box and leave the polling station.
But is it easy?
However, is the process as easy as it could be for people with a disability or those with mobility restrictions?
Postal voting is a very important option for voters who simply cannot leave the house for one reason or another, but are councils really making an effort so that disabled people can vote as easily as every one else?
Has the postal vote simply become an opportunity for local authorities to avoid the responsibility of providing trained staff and venues suitable for all constituents?
We’re very interested to know your views and we will also publish photographs of poor access should you come across this general election, it in order to highlight this issue [you can use the contact us page]. We’re also keen to know if you have issues parking at these venues.
Have a read of this article that Scope posted on their blog and if you have a similar story please let us know!