POLYAS Election Glossary

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Polling Card

A polling card (also known as a poll card) provides information about the logistics of how and where people can vote in an election or referendum.

Poll cards are distributed by local councils to all registered voters shortly before an election or referendum, and they include information such as the location of the polling station, opening hours of the polling station, as well as the date of the election or referendum and the personal details and electoral number of the eligible voter.

In the UK, it is not necessary for voters to bring their polling card with them to the polling station on the day of the election or referendum.

See also: Polling Station, Referendum, General Elections

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