'Use your vote' says the man in charge of Sheffield's general election count

Have your voice heard and use your vote – that’s the message from Sheffield Council’s chief executive who will be overseeing his final election count before retiring.

Thursday, 12th December 2019, 6:00 am
Updated Thursday, 12th December 2019, 6:05 am

Mr Mothersole, who is Sheffield’s Returning Officer for the general election, said: “I have not met anybody who has not got an opinion on this election and if you have an opinion, you really should use your vote.

“We have 437,000 people registered to vote over six constituencies. Make sure your voice is heard. In a hotly contested election such as this one, your vote does matter.”

Polling stations are open from 7am to 10pm and you can only vote at the station you are registered with.

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You can still vote if you’ve lost your polling card, give the polling staff your name and address and they will check you off on the electoral register.

If you haven’t had time to send in your postal vote, just take to your local polling station or Sheffield Town Hall.

You can also apply for an emergency proxy vote, which is when you nominate someone else to vote on your behalf.

You can apply for an emergency proxy vote up to 5pm on polling day today and you’ll need to contact Electoral Services at the Town Hall on 0114 273 4093.

Polling booths traditionally have pencils, but you are welcome to use your own pen. Your ballot paper just needs to show clearly which candidate you are voting for.

Avoid selfies as you could accidentally give away how someone else has voted, which is against the law. It’s also a no to getting a picture of your ballot paper inside the polling station.

Dogs, apart from assistance ones, need to stay outside. Children are welcome and can come into the booth with you but can’t mark the X.

You can find your polling station here.

The count takes place at EIS Sheffield with results expected in the early hours of Friday - if there are any recounts, it could make it an even longer night.