Referendum: What voters need to know for Thursday 5 May

With a UK-wide referendum on Thursday 5 May, Hackney Council is reminding local voters what they need to know to have their say on polling day:

. Polling stations will be open from 7am – 10pm. You should have received a card with details of your local polling station. If not, please call: 020 8356 3232.

. When voting at a polling station, it’s helpful to take your poll card with you. But if you don’t have it, don’t let that stop you – you can still vote.

. Polling station staff will give you the ballot paper if you are eligible to vote in the UK-wide referendum. Staff will not be able to give out ballot papers after 10pm, so do arrive in good time.

. The referendum is on the voting system used for elections to the UK Parliament and the question being put to voters on Thursday 5 May is: “At present, the UK uses the ’first past the post’ system to elect MPs to the House of Commons. Should the ‘alternative vote’ system be used instead?”

. If you applied for a postal vote, it needs to be received by the Counting Officer by 10pm on Thursday 5 May. If you have left it too late to post back, you can drop it off at any polling station within Hackney.

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