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Polling stations open in Beds, Herts and Bucks

Image description, Polls opened at 7am in Highfield Park, St Albans and elsewhere across the country

  • Author, Mariam Issimdar
  • Role, BBC News, Beds, Bucks and Herts

Polling stations for the 2024 general election to elect Members of the House of Commons have opened.

In Bedfordshire, Buckinghamshire and Hertfordshire, people can vote for candidates at their local polling station until 10pm BST. If a queue forms, you can still vote as long as you joined the queue before 10pm.

The results will be announced in the early hours of Friday morning, with many expected between 3:00 and 5:00 a.m.

Image description, Voting is underway in Bedford

Elections will be held in all 26 constituencies of the three counties.

The six constituencies in Bedfordshire are: Bedford, Luton North, Luton South and South Bedfordshire, Mid Bedfordshire, North Bedfordshire, Dunstable and Leighton Buzzard.

Buckinghamshire has eight constituencies: Buckingham and Bletchley, Milton Keynes North, Milton Keynes Central, Aylesbury, Beaconsfield, Chesham and Amersham, Mid Buckinghamshire and Wycombe.

Hertfordshire has 12 constituencies, namely: Broxbourne, Harpenden and Berkhamsted, Hemel Hempstead, Hitchin, North East Hertfordshire, Stevenage, Hertford and Stortford, Hertsmere, South West Hertfordshire, St. Albans, Watford, Welwyn Hatfield.

According to the “first-past-the-post” system, the candidate with the most votes becomes the representative for his or her constituency.

A total of 650 MPs from the United Kingdom are elected to the House of Commons.

The BBC, like other broadcasters, is not permitted to report on the election campaign while polling stations are open.

Don’t forget your voter ID!

As a reminder, voters do not need to show a voting card to participate in a general election, but must have one of 22 valid photo identification forms.

These include a passport, a driving license and a bus ticket for seniors or disabled people.

Some people who chose to vote by mail reported that they did not receive a ballot packet or that they received it too late.

If you have not received your postal ballot papers, your local election officer can issue you a replacement ballot packet until 5:00 p.m. on election day.

You cannot pick up a replacement voting package at your local polling station.

Your completed postal ballot must be received by your local authority by 10 p.m. on election day.

If you have received your mail-in ballot but are concerned that you will not have enough time to return it before the deadline, you can bring your completed mail packet to your polling place on July 4 before the polls close at 10 p.m.

Alternatively, you can bring the completed form to your local authority’s Election Services team during office hours any day this week before 5:00 p.m. on Thursday.

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