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New System for City Polling

Voting has begun in the United Kingdom in what is tipped to be the most closely-fought general election in recent years. Polling stations around the district opened their doors at 0700 BST and will close at 2200 BST when most electoral teams will begin counting the votes.

The Open Council were out to see the new polling station system in action. Under new regulations high street shops and businesses have been given the opportunity to apply for polling status for the first time. This means that as well as the traditional locations for vote casting which include, churches, community centres, schools, sports clubs and shipping containers, this year will see a range of high street shops offering the democratic right to vote as part of a fully integrated shopping experience.

The new scheme has been designed to appeal to younger voters and increase voter turnout as workers can vote without compromising their daily routine. Participating stores include T-Mobile, O2, Greggs, 3 Store and Starbucks.

See below for images of the range of polling stations now available.