Election day tips

Election Day is Thursday 5 May 2016

If you’re voting in Oldham, here are our top 5 tips to make sure your voice is heard.

1. Where to go

Your polling station address is shown on your poll card, which you will have received in the post recently. If you have a postal vote, please send this back as soon as possible. It is also possible to bring your postal vote to your polling station on Election Day.

Finding your polling station

All polling stations are open from 7am to 10pm. Go any time in between, but please don’t miss out by being late. If you’re in a queue at your polling station at 10pm, you will be allowed to cast your vote.

2. Who you can vote for?

It’s really important that you make your own choice about who you want to vote for. You can listen to what the political parties and candidates have to say, but in the end you have to decide who to vote for.

3. What to take

If you were on the register by the deadline (which was Monday 18 April), you can vote. Lost your poll card? Don’t worry – you can still vote without it. It helps polling station staff if you take your poll card with you, but it isn’t essential. If you’ve registered, you can vote.

4. What to expect

You’ll be asked for your name, address and you’ll be given your ballot papers.
You then go into the polling booth to mark your vote (you’ll find instructions on your ballot papers). For the local elections you will need to choose one candidate. Polling station staff will be on hand to help you if needed.

5. What not to do

You can’t do anything that might compromise the secrecy of the poll. This means that you can’t say anything in the polling station that might influence other voters – you can’t talk about who you’re voting for or take a selfie (so resist the urge!). Once you’ve left the polling station, why not use social media to tell people that you’ve voted and encourage others to vote? Just remember not to say who you’ve voted for. Election candidates must not try and influence your vote at the polling station, watch this video about what’s not acceptable when it comes to voting:

And finally – what about the results?

The results of the local elections will be announced live on the Oldham Council website, @OldhamCouncil Twitter and our Facebook page - Love Oldham