Tactical voting lets you use your vote strategically to get the overall election result you want to see.
The UK uses an election system called first-past-the-post, where the candidate who gets the most votes in each constituency wins. This makes it possible for MPs to get elected without winning the support of a majority of the voters, if the opposition is divided.
By voting tactically, you can overcome this problem, uniting behind the candidate who has the best chance of defeating the Conservatives where you live. They may not be your first choice, but your vote for them can help stop the Tories. This website is a tool to help you decide on your tactical vote.
We take you through everything you need to know to vote in Thursday’s general election.
The general election in the UK will be held on Thursday, 12 December 2019.
All polling stations will be open from 7am to 10pm on polling day.
Search for your postcode to see which constituency you can vote in.
To be able to vote in the general election, you have to be on the electoral register. If you’re not sure if you’re registered, you can turn up to your polling station on election day, and the officers will be able to check if you’re on the register there and then.
You can only vote in the polling station that you’re assigned to, and where that is should be printed on your polling card. Polling stations are usually in public buildings, for example schools or local halls. If you don’t have your polling card, you can use our postcode search above to find your polling station.
You don’t need to bring your poll card or proof or ID when you go to your polling station to vote in England, Wales or Scotland. However, if you live in Northern Ireland you will need to show your photo ID to vote.
If you've registered to vote by post but haven’t sent in your postal vote, you can vote in the polling station on the day of the election instead – do not post it as it won't get there in time. You’ll need to bring the ballot paper that you were sent to your local polling station.
Unless you have applied for a proxy or postal vote in advance, you need to vote in person on election day at your local polling station.
When you go to the polling station, you’ll be asked for your name and address by the staff. After that, you’ll be given a ballot paper with the name and party of all the candidates standing in your constituency.
You take the ballot paper to a booth, and place a cross in the box next to the name of the candidate you wish to vote for. You then fold your ballot paper and put it in the ballot box to cast your vote.
No, you can only vote for one candidate in the general election. If you place more than one mark on your ballot paper, your vote will be spoiled.
As soon as the polling stations close at 10pm on Thursday, 12 December, the election officials in each constituency start to count the votes.
The first constituency results are usually announced a couple of hours later and continue through the night, but the final results for the country as a whole are not expected until the following morning. In some cases, it can take even longer if it's a close call between two candidates and the votes need to be recounted.