Don't forget to cast your vote

Today sees the public voting all over the country to potentially change the voting system used to select members of the House of Commons.

The traditional “first-past-the-post” system may be replaced with the alternative vote (AV) electoral system as a result of this historic legally binding referendum.

This was agreed as part of the current government coalition after the 2010 election and will be only the second time such a referendum has taken place in the UK (the first being in 1975) but the first where the results are not just consultative.

For those yet undecided or not quite understanding the differences between both methods, the Electoral Commission has created this short video featuring vote counter Victor to help explain (press play again when prompted to press a button).

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Before you leave don’t forget your polling card as this speeds up the registration process, but if misplaced you can provide personal details to register your vote. Polling stations will be open from 7am – 10pm.

Polling in London is just for this referendum because unlike the rest of the UK it already voted for local elections last year.

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