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Do you want your polling card to vote in native elections?

Conservative Leader Boris Johnson Votes In London's Local Elections
Have you headed to your polling station yet? (Picture: Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)

Today, much of the country will have the opportunity to vote in their local elections.

In England, there are contests across 146 councils. In London, every council seat is up for election across all 32 boroughs.

There are also 1,219 seats up for election across 32 local authorities in Scotland and 1,234 in Wales across 22 local authorities. Meanwhile, in Northern Ireland, a total of 239 candidates are running in 18 constituencies across the country.

The polling stations are set to be open from 7am until 10pm, so there is plenty of time to cast your vote.

With there sometimes being years between our opportunities to vote, it can be easy to forget some of the technicalities that go along with it.

With that in mind, here’s what you need to know about casting your voting in the local election and whether you need your polling card.

Can you vote in the local election without your polling card?

Yes, you can vote in the local election without your polling card, and without any forms of ID to boot.

All you need to do is confirm your name and address with the staff at the polling station.

After this, you’ll be handed your ballot paper, and you’ll be able to vote.

Woman voting in a polling station
Voting time is coming up for many of us (Picture: Bill Oxford/Getty Images/iStockphoto)

How to find your local polling station

The location of your polling station should be written on your polling card if you have one.

Fortunately, it also includes a map to help you find it, as it shouldn’t be too far from your home.

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The government often uses schools and other public buildings as the main locations for people to cast their votes.

However, if you happen to have landed on this article because you’re unable to find your polling card, you don’t need to worry.

To find the relevant polling station, you can go to wheredoivote and enter your postcode to be given the correct location.

You could also find the right details on the website of your local council.

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