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Reminder to Voters: Key Changes and Requirements for the Upcoming UK General Elections

As the UK prepares for its general elections next week, voters are reminded to familiarize themselves with several important changes and requirements to ensure a smooth voting process. This article outlines everything you need to know to cast your vote confidently and correctly.


Voter ID Requirements


For the first time, voters will be required to present a valid form of identification at polling stations. Acceptable forms of ID include:

  • Passport

  • Driving licence (including provisional)

  • Voter authority certificate

  • Blue badge

  • Older person's bus pass

  • Disabled person's bus pass

  • National identity card issued by an EEA state

If you do not possess any of these forms of ID, you can apply for a free voter authority certificate online or at your local council office.


Polling Station Hours


Polling stations will be open from 7:00 AM to 10:00 PM on election day. Ensure you arrive in time to cast your vote, as those arriving after 10:00 PM will not be allowed to vote.


Postal and Proxy Voting


If you have applied for a postal vote, make sure it is completed and returned as soon as possible to avoid postal delays. The deadline for proxy voting applications has passed, but if an emergency prevents you from voting in person, you may still apply for an emergency proxy vote up to 5:00 PM on election day.


Accessible Voting


Polling stations are equipped to assist voters with disabilities. Provisions include tactile voting devices, large print ballot papers, and wheelchair access. If you need any assistance, polling station staff are available to help.


COVID-19 Precautions


Although most COVID-19 restrictions have been lifted, voters are encouraged to wear masks and practice social distancing where possible to ensure a safe environment for everyone. Hand sanitizers will be available at polling stations.


How to Find Your Polling Station


Your polling station address is printed on your poll card, which you should have received by now. If you have not received your poll card, you can find your polling station details on the Electoral Commission's website by entering your postcode. The Racing Centre will be hosting the polling station for the Newmarket East (3) district, Map viewable below.


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Checking Your Registration Status


It is crucial to ensure you are registered to vote. You can check your registration status online or by contacting your local electoral registration office. If you have moved house recently or are unsure if you are registered, verify your status immediately to avoid any issues on election day.


What to Expect at the Polling Station


Upon arriving at the polling station, you will be asked to present your ID and confirm your details. You will then be given a ballot paper. Proceed to the voting booth, mark your vote with an 'X' in the box next to your chosen candidate, and place your ballot paper in the sealed ballot box. Car parking will be limited on the day at the Centre and as such we ask that priority be given to those with accessibility needs to use the Centre's parking. Public parking is available on the Market Square, a stones throw from the polling station.


To Conclude


These changes and requirements are designed to improve the integrity and accessibility of the voting process. By being prepared and informed, you can help ensure that your vote is counted. If you have any questions or need further information, visit the Electoral Commission's website or contact your local council using the links below.



Remember, your vote is your voice. Make sure it is heard in the upcoming general elections.




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