ELECTION 2015: What you need to know on polling day

There is no clear winner in sight as voters head for polling stations
There is no clear winner in sight as voters head for polling stations
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For the big day on Thursday May 7, here are the basics for anyone planning on voting in the 2015 general election

If you haven’t registered to vote (including by post or proxy - except an emergency proxy, see below), it’s too late. Check to see if you are registered at aboutmyvote.co.uk.

You should have received a polling card with your details, polling number and your polling station location.

You don’t need the polling card when you go to vote, they will ask for your name and address to check you are registered.

Polling stations will be open from 7am until 10pm.

Find your polling station using your postcode at the About My Vote website.

You can take your pet with you.

Polling station staff cannot refuse a voter if they are drunk or under the influence of drugs.

You cannot discuss politics inside the polling station, or wear a party rosette - unless you are a candidate.

You can apply to vote by emergency proxy up until 5pm on election day for medical reasons or if your job or service means that you cannot make it to your polling station in person, more details on the About My Vote website.

It is against the law to reveal how someone else has voted, so be careful on social media.

Visit www.lancasterguardian.co.uk/live/event?1226805 for live election coverage.