Polling station finder: Where is YOUR polling station? Can you go to any polling station?

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Across the UK elections are taking place in several forms on Thursday, May 6, with Brits heading to the polls to elect mayors, Scottish MSPs, police commissioners, Welsh members of parliament and a single by-election. Voters will head to the polls between 7am BST and 10pm BST, with polling stations spanning the country.

Elections faced delays last year following the coronavirus pandemic, now taking place following widespread vaccinations and strict lockdowns.

This year there are a record-breaking 20 candidates standing in the race for Mayor of London, with incumbent Sadiq Khan facing competition from Conservative Party candidate Shaun Bailey and 18 others.

Britons can opt to vote in person, via postal vote or by proxy – however, should have already registered if they need to vote by post or proxy.

As Britons head to the polls, there are a host of rules and regulations for voting, so what do you need to know?

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Where is YOUR local polling station?

Those registered to vote should have received polling cards in the post, which will tell you where your local polling station is.

Unfortunately, it is now too late to register to vote.

These are typically in your local area, and in buildings like community centres and schools.

If you need to find out where your local polling station is, you can pop your postcode into the finder below.

Can you vote at any polling station?

You can only cast your vote at your designated polling stations – if you visit any other than the one specified for you, you will not be able to vote.

Voters in England, Scotland and Wales don’t need to bring ID with them, however, Northern Ireland voting rules stipulate photo ID is needed to vote.

You don’t need to bring your polling card with you, just give your name and address to the polling attendant.

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Once you have done so, you will be given your ballot card, which will list who is up for election in your area.

You can then cast your vote, before placing your card and the ballot box.

What happens if you’ve missed the postal vote?

Postal votes should have been sent off by now, with the deadline for posting being May 4.

Postal voters will have received an envelope with all documents to fill out and cast their votes.

However, if you’ve missed the chance to post your vote, you can drop off your envelope at your local polling station.

The postal votes should be filled out as follows

Use all the votes required by placing an ‘X’ next to your preferred candidate on the list.

Fill in the postal vote statement, making sure not to miss your date of birth.

Put your completed ballots into envelope ‘A’ and seal it.

Put envelope ‘A’ into envelope ‘B’ and seal that as well.

Pop it in the post as soon as you can.

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