Published: Friday, 17th June 2016
Voters in King's Lynn & West Norfolk who are intending to vote at a polling station on Thursday 23 June are being advised to check where, and plan when, they will cast their vote on polling day.
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.
There are 107 polling stations in King's Lynn & West Norfolk 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. Voters should remember that they can only vote at the polling station names on their poll card, and proxies can only vote at the polling station named on their proxy poll card.
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.
Ray Harding, Counting Officer for King's Lynn & West Norfolk, is encouraging local residents to:
• Plan what time they will cast their vote at the polling station, leave 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 the council area on polling day
• Mark their ballot paper with one ‘X’ only in the box beside the option they want.
He said: “I encourage west Norfolk 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 is unsure where their polling station is, visit www.west-norfolk.gov.uk or contact Electoral Services on 01553 616280 for further information.”
NB: Please note that there is a road closure on Spenser Road/Hamburg Way which means that people who vote at the King's Lynn Masonic Centre will need to allow a little extra time to get to the polling station and to ensure they use an alternative route. Signage to assist will be in place on the day.
Further information on how to vote is available on the Electoral Commission’s website at: www.aboutmyvote.co.uk or ordered on 0800 3 280 280.