Polling stations opening longer hours

POLLING stations will be open two hours longer than normal tomorrow from 7am to 10pm in an attempt to drive up turnout. Results are unlikely to be known until around 12.

By Graham Dines

POLLING stations will be open two hours longer than normal tomorrow from 7am to 10pm in an attempt to drive up turnout. Results are unlikely to be known until around 12.30am Friday, with final outcomes in London - where all seats are electing three candidates - due around 4am.

Electoral pilot schemes will be held in 19 council areas, including five in the East of England. In Brentwood and Peterborough, electors must sign to receive a ballot paper at the polling station. No witness signatures are required for postal votes in Epping Forest and Stevenage, while in Broxbourne, electors can opt to vote at early polling centres before tomorrow.


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