General choosing 2019: Voters conduct to polls opposite a UK

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The UK is going to a polls for a country’s third ubiquitous choosing in reduction than 5 years.

The contest, a initial to be hold in Dec in scarcely 100 years, follows those in 2015 and 2017.

Polling stations in 650 constituencies opposite England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland non-stop during 07:00 GMT.

After a polls tighten during 22:00 GMT, counting will start true away. Most formula are due to be announced in a early hours of Friday morning.

A sum of 650 MPs will be selected underneath a first-past-the-post complement used for ubiquitous elections, in that a claimant who secures a many votes in any particular subdivision is elected.

In 2017, Newcastle Central was a initial subdivision to declare, announcing a outcome about an hour after polls closed.

Elections in a UK traditionally take place each 4 or 5 years. But, in October, MPs voted for a second snap check in as many years. It is a initial winter choosing given 1974 and a initial to take place in Dec given 1923.

Anyone aged 18 or over is authorised to vote, as prolonged as they are a British citizen or subordinate citizen of a Commonwealth or Republic of Ireland and have purebred to vote. Registration sealed on 26 November.

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Details about where to opinion can be found on a Electoral Commission website and are also listed on polling cards sent to households.

People do not need a polling label to be means to opinion though will need to give their name and residence during their internal polling station. People can usually opinion for one claimant or their list paper will not be counted.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson has expel his opinion – he visited a polling hire in executive London, holding his dog, Dilyn, along with him, and Labour personality Jeremy Corbyn acted for cinema when he went to opinion in north London.

SNP personality Nicola Sturgeon visited a polling hire in Glasgow, while Liberal Democrat personality Jo Swinson also expel her opinion during a polling hire in a city accompanied by her father Duncan Hames.

Plaid Cymru personality Adam Price voted in Carmarthenshire and Green Party co-leader Jonathan Bartley did so in south London.

Brexit Party personality Nigel Farage has used a postal vote.

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Boris Johnson took his dog to a polling hire when he expel his vote

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Jeremy Corbyn acted for cinema during his internal polling hire in north London

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Nicola Sturgeon expel her opinion in Glasgow

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Jo Swinson also voted in Glasgow, accompanied by her father Duncan Hames

Ahead of a poll, a elections watchdog has reminded electorate that holding selfies and other photos inside polling stations is not available and might be a crack of a law.

Many people have already put a cranky subsequent to a name of their lucky claimant by voting by post – some-more than 7 million people used a postal opinion dual years ago.

Those who practical for a postal opinion though have nonetheless to lapse it to their Electoral Office contingency do so by 22:00. Alternatively, they can palm it into their internal polling hire by a tighten of polls.

According to a BBC’s continue forecast, Thursday will be a soppy day in many tools of a country, with highs of 5 degrees Celsius in Edinburgh, 9 in Cardiff, 7 in Belfast and 8 in London.

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Follow choosing night on a BBC

  • Watch a choosing night special with Huw Edwards from 21:55 GMT on BBC One, a BBC News Channel, iPlayer
  • As polls tighten during 22:00, a BBC will tell an exit check across all a platforms, including @bbcbreaking and @bbcpolitics
  • The BBC News website and app will move we live coverage and a latest analysis via a night
  • We will underline formula for each subdivision as they come in with a postcode search, map and scoreboards
  • Follow @bbcelection for every subdivision result
  • From 21:45 GMT, Jim Naughtie and Emma Barnett will horde live choosing night coverage on BBC Radio 4, with BBC Radio 5 live fasten for a simulcast from midnight

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