Hundreds of voters, believed to be students, have been left unable to vote after failing to register correctly. As many as 200 invalid applications are understood to be from the Liberty Bridge student block in Cardiff.Students received emails on Monday from Cardiff council saying their applications had not been registered because of incomplete addresses.The authority said it had spent "considerable time" trying to contact those affected.It said a total 1,000 people across the city filled in online registration forms wrongly. The deadline to register was 26 November. General election 2019: A really simple guide General election 2019: Voting under way across Wales Who should I vote for? Election 2019 manifesto guide An NUS spokesman said it was "alarmed" and "unacceptable that this situation arose."An email seen by the Press Association showed a council staff member explaining it could not deal with the problem "due to the volume of incomplete applications in the final hours before the … [Read more...] about General election 2019: Hundreds in Cardiff cannot vote after error
General election 2019
When the polls close at 22:00 GMT on Thursday some of the nation's voters will be in the dark over the election result until morning. But what's happening during these night time hours of suspense at vote counts across the country?As polling stations shut their doors many people get settled in front of the television to watch the drama unfold while others head to bed, perhaps checking their phones for updates and news of exit polls before turning the lights out. But others are sitting in rows under bright strip lights in schools, town halls and sports centres, sorting ballot papers.Three-time vote counter Ella Rees said a buzz of excitement united tables of strangers and powered them through the night as papers piled up and anxious candidates paced the room.The 21-year-old law student will be counting again this time, in her home constituency of Shrewsbury and Atcham. She counted votes in the 2017 local and general elections and the Brexit referendum in 2016. "It's exciting because … [Read more...] about General election 2019: What happens at the counts?
Key questions about general election results, and how the BBC reports them, answered.How does a party win?By winning more seats in the House of Commons than all the other parties put together. If a party does that, it has what is known as a majority. There are 650 seats available, which means 326 seats are needed to win an overall majority.However, an effective majority could be smaller as Sinn Fein, which won seven seats in Northern Ireland in 2017, traditionally refuses to swear allegiance to the Queen and, as a consequence, is not entitled to vote. So in 2017, 650 minus Sinn Fein's seven would be 643 voting MPs, and 322 would have been enough to command a majority. But obviously that figure changes depending on how many non-voting MPs there are.What is a constituency?Also called a seat, in a general election, this is where the political battles are fought. Voters in each constituency choose just one MP. Interactive content: Upgrade your browser for the full experience. … [Read more...] about General election 2019: How the BBC calculates and reports results
The UK will go to the polls on Thursday for the country's third general election in less than five years. The contest, the first to be held in December in nearly 100 years, follows those in 2015 and 2017. Polling stations in 650 constituencies across England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland open at 07:00 GMT.After the polls close at 22:00 GMT, counting will begin straight away. Most results are due to be announced in the early hours of Friday morning.A total of 650 MPs will be chosen under the first-past-the-post system used for general elections, in which the candidate who secures the most votes in each individual constituency is elected. In 2017, Newcastle Central was the first constituency to declare, announcing its result about an hour after polls closed. Elections in the UK traditionally take place every four or five years. But, in October, MPs voted for the second snap poll in as many years. It is the first winter election since 1974 and the first to take place in December … [Read more...] about General election 2019: Voters set to head to polls across the UK
Whether you want to watch, listen, or follow the drama online or on social media, the BBC should have you covered on election night.OnlineThe BBC News website will have results for every constituency as they are announced, with a postcode search, interactive map and scoreboards. Our politics live page will have minute-by-minute updates in text and video, as well as expert analysis as the night unfolds. Online coverage will also include: Live video stream of the BBC's election night special The result of the exit poll as voting ends at 2200 GMT and on @BBCBreaking Analysis from polling expert Prof Sir John Curtice including early forecasts of which seats could change hands All 650 results will be tweeted automatically on @BBCElection, with updates from correspondents at counts around the country on Twitter using #BBCElection and at @BBCPolitics For the first time, the website will have stories written automatically on the election results for all 650 constituencies Live pages with … [Read more...] about General election 2019: Election results coverage on the BBC