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    Posted May 7, 2015 by
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    Polling Day in Ceredigion

     
    Today, May 7th 2015, is polling day in the British General Election and like the 649 other constituencies across the UK, Ceredigion's electors are going to the polls to cast their votes. Under British electoral law it is illegal to take a photograph of your vote or indeed take a photograph of the actual polling booths, but it is quite alright to take a photograph of the polling station (the building in which the booths are contained) and because I did some shopping in a nearby town I was able to take a photograph of two such buildings. The Victoria Hall in Lampeter (at the bottom end of the constituency) and my home polling station in the village hall in Llanon.

    When the polls close at 10.00pm BST this evening, the presiding officer at both stations will seal the ballots (by closing the metal lid to the ballot box and sealing it with wax). This is supervised by members of the local police force and once approved a member of the elections office drives the box to the central count (which since the millennium has been held in Aberaeron and for this election will be held at the Sir Geraint Evans Leisure centre in the town).

    There all the boxes from the 81 polling stations across the constituency will join the postal votes that have already been cast and, once verified that the number of ballots issued is the same as the number received back, the counting will begin. Ceredigion is not expected to announce a result much before 4.00am BST, whereas the constituency of Houghton and Sunderland South does the whole process in less than 60 minutes.
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