General Election in Leicestershire: where, when and how to vote

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Polls open at 7am on Thursday, July 4, with Britons up and down the country set to decide who they want representing them in Parliament. This year’s General Election is expected to end with a historic victory for Labour with talk of Sir Keir Starmer leading his party to a super-majority.

Huge losses have also been cited as the likely outcome for the Conservatives. Some polls have predicted Rishi Sunak’s party could come away with less than 100 seats.

Changes are also afoot in Leicester and Leicestershire. A number of our 2019 MPs could lose their seats this time around and we also have a brand new constituency in the mix which will get its first MP on Thursday night.

READ MORE: Leicester and Leicestershire General Election candidates tell you why they believe they deserve your vote

But before the results can be announced, however, you need to cast your vote. We have pulled together a breakdown of everything you need to know for polling day.

When and where do I vote?

Polls open at 7am on Thursday, July 4, and close at 10pm. If you have opted to vote in person, you should have received a polling card in the post which will include the address of the polling station where you need to cast your vote.

What do I need to take?

Photo ID is now required for you to vote in an election. Accepted forms of ID include passports and drivers licences. You can use:

  • Passport

  • Driving or provisional license

  • Blue badge

  • Some concessionary travel cards

  • Identity card with PASS mark (Proof of Age Standards Scheme)

  • Biometric immigration document

  • Defence identity card

  • Some national identity cards

  • Free Government Voter Authority Certificate

You can use your ID even if it is out of date, so long as the picture is recognisably you. The name on your ID should be the same name as you used to register to vote.

Your polling card can speed up the process for you, but taking it is not a requirement when it comes to voting. Polling clerks will have a list of people who can vote and will be able to look up your name.

When you’re in the polling station, you will be given a ballot paper and you will find a pen or pencil in the voting booth, so you don’t need to take those with you.

Do I need to remove face coverings to vote?

If you wear face coverings for religious, personal or medical reasons, you may be asked to briefly remove it so the polling clerks can check your ID. At last year’s local elections, the city council provided privacy screens for this purpose and women wearing veils can ask for a female clerk to assist them.

How do I vote?

When you arrive, the polling clerk will ask for your ID and then will check your name off on the list of people who are able to vote in this election. They will give you your ballot and direct you towards an empty booth.

Your ballot paper will list the names of everyone standing in your constituency and which party they represent. Choose the candidate you wish to support by putting an X in the box by their name.

Don’t worry if you make a mistake, you can ask for a fresh ballot sheet. Once you are happy with your choice, fold your slip and pop it in the ballot box provided. And that’s you done.

Who can I vote for?

In UK elections, you vote for one candidate standing in your local area. While many use this as an endorsement of the party they feel most represents their values, you are not voting specifically for the party itself or its leader – so you won’t see Rishi or Sir Keir’s name on your ballot slip.

You can find a full list of candidates standing in your constituency here. Over recent weeks, LeicestershireLive has given each of our parliamentary hopefuls the chance to tell you why they believe they deserve your backing. You can find out what they had to say here.

For voters in Leicester East, don’t forget about the LeicestershireLive and Local Democracy Reporting Service Hustings which took place earlier this week. We grilled six of the candidates from the constituency on the NHS, economy, immigration, housing and crime. You can find the hustings here.

How do I know my constituency?

For some, boundaries will have changed for this year’s election – and Leicestershire has a brand new voting area. You can find your constituency name on your polling card and we have a full breakdown of the changes for you here.

What is voter fraud?

It is illegal for anyone to influence another to vote against their will. This can include pressuring them into voting a certain way, offering them something in exchange for their vote, pretending to be them at a polling station, and filling in a postal vote for them. You can report electoral fraud to Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or at

When will we find out the results?

Polls close at 10pm and then the counts start. In Leicestershire, we are expecting results to start coming in from around 2am. We will have reporters on the ground at counts in the city and across the county from around 9:30pm. You will be able to follow all the action, breaking news and election night drama on our live blog which will be published on the LeicestershireLive homepage.