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General Election Day on the Yorkshire Coast

General Election Day on the Yorkshire Coast

Published by Matthew Pells at 6:01am 12th December 2019. (Updated at 11:50am 12th December 2019)

Polling stations along the Yorkshire Coast will be open from 7am until 10pm today as the UK votes in the first December General Election since 1923.

Voters don't need to take their poll card with them to vote, but do need to go to the polling station printed on their poll card.

The Electoral Commission state that the polling stations must close at 10pm but that if you are in the queue to vote at 10pm you will be allowed to vote.

Polling must close at 10pm, but any eligible electors who at 10pm are in their polling station, or in a queue outside their polling station for the purposes of voting must be allowed to vote.

Three polling stations in Scarborough have changed location for today's General Election.

  • Friarage School is no longer being used as a polling station. In a permanent change, voters will instead vote at Queen Street Methodist Church, Central Hall, Queen Street, YO11 1HQ.
  • Barrowcliff School is no longer being used as polling station. Voters will instead vote at Briercliffe Children’s Centre, 76 Briercliffe, Scarborough, YO12 6NS.
  • St Mark’s Community Hall on Coldyhill Lane is not being used as a polling station for this election. In a temporary change, voters will instead vote at the TA Centre, MPC Army Reserve, Coldyhill Lane, YO12 6SE.

All other polling stations throughout Scarborough and Whitby remain the same.

The Electoral Commission operate a website where you can find local polling stations. They also offer the following advice on how to vote at a polling station.

Voting in a polling station 

Get your ballot paper

When you arrive at the polling station, you will need to give your name to the poll clerk behind the desk. If you have your poll card with you, show them this and it will help speed up the process.

The staff will then give you a ballot paper listing the candidates you can vote for. You might be given more than one ballot paper if there is more than one election taking place in your local area on the same day.

Take your ballot paper (or papers) into a polling booth so that no one can see how you vote.

Read the instructions carefully

Read each ballot paper carefully. Different elections might use different electoral systems, so it's important to make sure you know how to fill it in correctly.

Complete your ballot paper

Complete the ballot paper in line with the instructions. There will be a pencil in the polling booth, but you can use your own pen if you prefer.

Don't write anything else on the paper, or your vote may not be counted.

If you make a mistake, don't worry – as long as you haven't already put it in the ballot box, just let the polling station staff know and they can give you a replacement ballot paper.

Once you're done, put your completed ballot paper in the ballot box.

The Yorkshire Coast is covered by three constituencies.

Scarborough and Whitby form the Scarborough & Whitby constituency.

Filey, Hunmanby, Folkton, Flixton, Primrose Valley, Speeton, Reighton and Muston are in the Thirsk and Malton Constituency.

Bridlington is in the Yorkshire East Constituency.

Here is a full list of the candidates standing for election in those constituencies.

Scarborough and Whitby

  • Lee Derrick – Yorkshire Party: Speaking up for Yorkshire 
  • Hugo Fearnley – Labour Party 
  • Robert Goodwill – The Conservative Party
  • Robert Lockwood – Liberal Democrats

Yorkshire East (Bridlington)

  • Mike Jackson - Green Party
  • Greg Knight - The Conservative Party
  • Catherine Minnis - Labour Party
  • Dale Needham - Liberal Democrats
  • Tim Norman - Yorkshire Party: Speaking up for Yorkshire 

Thirsk & Malton (Filey)

  • Martin Brampton - Green Party
  • John Hall - Yorkshire Party
  • Kevin Hollinrake - The Conservative Party
  • Gordon Johnson
  • Dinah Keal - Liberal Democrat
  • Steve Mullins - Independent
  • Michael Taylor - Social Democratic Party
  • David Yellens - Labour Party

Yorkshire Coast Radio will be at all three counts through the night, as the results come in.

We will be providing updates and results as they're announced, on our website and on our facebook page and twitter @yorkscoastradio


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