Voting in the general election
On Thursday 12 December you will be voting to elect a candidate to represent your constituency in the House of Commons.
Before then, make sure you know where your polling station is, who the candidates in your constituency are and what you need to do.
The deadline to register to vote or to apply for a postal vote for the general election has now passed. If you were not registered by 26 November you will not be eligible to vote in this election.
Look up the candidates
The candidates for the three constituencies in Brighton & Hove are:
- Brighton Kemptown (which extends into Lewes District and includes Peacehaven)
- Brighton Pavilion
Polls are open from 7am until 10pm
You must go to your allocated polling station between 7am and 10pm. This is stated on your poll card, or you can check online using your postcode.
When you arrive, staff will take your name and address and cross you off on their checklist. You will then be able to vote.
Once you have been given your ballot paper you need to clearly mark your choice with a cross in the box next to your selected candidate. When you have made your selection, fold your ballot paper in half and put it into the ballot box.
If you're not sure what to do, or need any help, just ask the staff at the polling station – they will be happy to assist you to cast your vote.
Who are the people sat outside?
You might see people waiting outside the polling station who ask you for the number on your polling card.
They are tellers volunteering on behalf of candidates. They use the information people give them to check who has voted, and remind people who haven't to do so.
They are allowed to be there and to ask for the information as you leave the polling station, but you don't have to give them any information if you don't want to.
If you are concerned about the conduct of a teller, speak to a member of staff at the polling station.
Return your postal vote in time
You can return your completed postal voting pack:
- in the post
- in person at Hove Town Hall
- to a member of staff at a polling station within your constituency
If you are sending your vote back in the post please think about how long it could take.
Completing your postal vote is quick and easy, and instructions are included.
Your votes will be counted overnight as soon as the polls close on Thursday 12 December, with results expected in the early hours of the morning.
The results for each constituency will be shared on the Brighton & Hove City Council social media accounts and the full results will be found on our website.
Find out more
For more information about who is eligible to vote, who your candidates are, and what to do on polling day, please go to the elections pages on our website.
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The candidates for the constituencies of Brighton Kemptown, Brighton Pavilion, and Hove have been confirmed.
A general election is taking place on 12 December. Plan ahead to make sure you meet the tight deadlines to register to vote or apply for a postal vote.