Where is my polling station? Where to vote in Bristol Mayor Referendum 2022 - and opening and closing times

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How would you like Bristol City Council to be run? Make your voices heard at the Bristol Mayor Referendum 2022 which kicks off today!

Get your ballots at the ready as the Bristol Mayor Referendum 2022 is about to get underway.

Local votes are a great opportunity for residents to make their voices heard regarding certain issues and how they want them to be managed in order to shape the community.

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Are you registered to vote and are left unsure as to which polling station you need to visit on polling day?

Here is everything you need to know about polling stations in Bristol for the Bristol Mayor Referendum 2022.

When is the Bristol Mayor Referendum 2022?

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Local council elections are set to take place across the UK at the beginning of May.

However, Bristol City Council will not be holding an election in 2022.

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Instead, they will hold a referendum to ask residents how they want Bristol City Council to be run.

There will be a decision between carrying on with the mayoral system currently in place in Bristol, or moving to a committee model of governance.

Like the other elections taking place across the country, the Bristol Mayor Referendum will take place on Thursday, 5 May.

Polls are open from 7 am to 10 pm.

How do I find out what local council I qualify for?

If you are unsure as to which local authority you are qualified to vote at during the referendum, enter your postcode into the official government finder to find out.

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Where are the polling stations located in my local area?

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If you are intending on voting in-person during the Bristol Mayor Referendum 2022, you will need to visit a polling station to cast your ballot.

As long as you are a fully registered voter, you should have received your poll card which should name your assigned polling station.

To find out where your local polling station is located, you can enter your postcode into a finder to find out.

What are the opening times of polling stations in Bristol?

All polling stations across the country are open from 7 am to 10 pm on Thursday, 5 May.

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What do I do when I visit a polling station on polling day?

If you are voting in-person at a polling station on polling day, here is everything you need to know.

Polling stations are always open from 7 am to 10 pm - but you can not choose which one to visit.

This is because you are usually assigned one on the poll card that you should have already received by now.

When you arrive at the polling station, you will need to tell an official your name and address so they can check you are on the electoral register.

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You can show your poll card at the polling station, but you do not need to bring it with you to cast your vote.

After crossing your name off the electoral list, you will be handed a ballot paper and make your way to a private polling booth where you will issue your ballot.

Take your time to read everything properly before marking next to the decision that you want to vote in favour of.

When you have finished, fold the ballot and post it into a ballot box, which will be taken away to be counted later in the day.

And that’s it. You have officially voted during the Bristol Mayor Referendum 2022.

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