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Are you entitled to vote?

PUBLISHED: 14:32 08 April 2010 | UPDATED: 17:20 30 June 2010

To be able to vote in the general election of May 6 you have to be aged 18 or over on polling day, be resident in the UK and a British citizen, Republic of Ireland citizen or a qualifying Commonwealth citizen and not subject to any legal capacity to vote, such as being a prisoner or convicted for election fraud.

To be able to vote in the general election of May 6 you have to be aged 18 or over on polling day, be resident in the UK and a British citizen, Republic of Ireland citizen or a qualifying Commonwealth citizen and not subject to any legal capacity to vote, such as being a prisoner or convicted for election fraud.

People have until April 20 to sign up to the electoral register at Great Yarmouth Borough, North Norfolk District or Broadland District Councils.

To find out which local authority to register with visit the Electoral Commission website on www.aboutmyvote.co.uk

Polling cards should be sent out up to a week before the election and anyone wishing to vote in person should take their card to their polling station which will be open on May 6 from 7am to 10pm.

People can apply to vote by post be filling out and returning the relevant forms including an identity confirmation form to the appropriate local authority by April 20.

Forms can be picked up from council offices or downloaded from the Electoral Commission website and a ballot paper should be sent out a week before the election.

People can also appoint someone to vote on their behalf through a proxy vote if they have a valid reason why they cannot attend a polling station, such as illness or being on holiday.

Proxy vote application forms are available from council offices or from the Electoral Commission website and they must be returned by April 27.


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