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How to vote in a general election

The voting process

A voter at a polling station
If you are voting in person, go to your allocated voting station between 7am and 10pm on election day. Your polling card may help administration.
A voter giving election staff his name
When you arrive, staff will take your details and cross off your name on their checklist. In Northern Ireland, staff will also ask for a form of photographic ID.
An example ballot paper
You will be given a ballot paper listing candidates and parties. It will be printed on special paper or feature an official mark and numbered to combat fraud.
A voter in a voting booth
Take the ballot paper to one of the booths, which are screened to ensure secrecy.
 A crossed off ballot paper
Put an X in the box next to the name of the person you want to vote for. If you mark any more boxes, your paper will be invalid.
A ballot paper being put in a ballot box
Fold the ballot paper so others cannot see your choice and post it in the ballot box.
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