21 Jun 2016

Democracy and Engagement

Plan now for casting your historic vote on June 23

Voters in Bristol who are intending to vote at a polling station on Thursday 23 June are being advised to plan when and where they will cast their vote on polling day. 

Bristol residents are reminded to find their poll card, double check where their station is and plan how they are going to get there. Residents in Avonmouth and Lawrence Weston, Hengrove and Whitchurch Park, Frome Vale, Stoke Bishop and Clifton Down wards should pay close attention to the information on their poll card as some polling stations in those areas have moved since the May elections. 

There are 231 polling stations in Bristol and all polling stations will be open from 7am to 10pm. Voters who arrive at a polling station after 10pm will not be allowed to cast their vote, although any voter who arrives at the polling station before 10pm and is in a queue will still be able to vote.

Recent research carried out for the Electoral Commission found that 35% of voters hadn’t yet planned what time they would be voting and the Commission is recommending that everyone makes sure they plan when to vote so they don’t miss out on the day. 

The Commission also found that the most popular time for voting was between 5pm and 8pm with 19% of respondents planning to vote at this time, while a further 29% planned to vote before mid-day.

Registered voters are encouraged to:
Plan what time they will cast their vote at the polling station, leaving plenty of time before the 10pm deadline as anyone that arrives after 10pm, by law, will not be able to vote.
Read and bring their poll card which should have come through the door. It says where their polling station is. It’s not compulsory to bring the polling card in order to vote, but it will speed up the process in the polling station.
If voting by post, make sure that they send their postal ballot back in plenty of time as postal votes that arrive after 10pm on June 23 will not be counted. If they forget to send their postal ballot back then they can hand it in at any polling station in their council area on polling day
Mark their ballot paper with one ‘X’ only in the box beside the option they want.

Nicola Yates OBE, Counting Officer for Bristol City Council, said: “I encourage Bristol residents to take a few minutes to plan what time they will arrive at the polling station on 23 June. Polling stations are open from 7am until 10pm and the busiest time is usually in the late afternoon – when parents come with their children after school - and early evening when people come to vote after work. Voters who can be flexible may want to avoid the peak times.” 

Residents should have received a poll card with details of where their polling station is. If anyone has misplaced their poll card, or are unsure where their polling station is, visit www.bristol.gov.uk/pollingstations further information.

Visit the Electoral Commission’s website at: www.aboutmyvote.co.uk or call 0800 3 280 280 for info on how to vote.