polling day - the day appointed for an election
Published on: Mar 4, 2016
Transcripts - Polling day
Election day refers
to the day when
on a Sunday
(to get as
on a weekday
election day a
Voters receive a poll
card from the returning
officer at their local
authority with details of
their allocated polling
They don`t have to
show the poll card or any other form of identification at
the polling place in order to vote (with the exception of
Northern Ireland, where one piece of photographic ID
must be presented at the polling station)
the voter's name
and address are
marked off on the
list of electors
(can not vote twice).
On a separate list (called the corresponding number
list) the presiding officer or poll clerk writes the voter's
elector number next to the unique identifying number
of the ballot paper. (opened only by the order of a court
in case the election result is challenged.)
papers without these features are not counted.
If the ballot paper has been spoilt, the presiding
officer/poll clerk can handout a new one after the
old ballot paper is cancelled.
The voter marks the ballot papers in a voting
and place it in the ballot box.
Voters get the
ballot papers have
an official mark
and a unique
a tendered ballot
If a voter requests a ballot paper but someone
has already voted in their name, they can only
get a tendered ballot.
It is not placed in the ballot box.
the Presiding Officer connected it with the
Although these ballots are not counted or
included at the count
At the close
the slot at the top of the ballot box is
sealed by the presiding officer or poll
the ballot box is transported by the
presiding officer to the central
It usually refers to the evening after an
the votes are counted and everyone is
waiting for the election result.
close at 10 pm
the votes are counted immediately.
The earliest results are declared by
about 11 pm
most are declared by 3 or 4 am
some constituencies do not declare
their results until the following day.
Each individual MP assumes office
immediately upon the declaration by
the local returning officer.
When all the results are known
or when one party achieves an absolute
majority of the seats in the House of
Commons, the first response comes from the
current Prime Minister.
If a majority has not been achieved, and it is
obvious that another party has the numbers to
form a government, the Prime Minister submits
his/her resignation to the Monarch.