Voters in West Tyrone are being asked to go the polls for the tenth time in eight years this morning (Thursday).
Polls open at 7am and will remain open until 10pm. Boxes will then be transferred to Omagh Leisure Complex where counting will begin as soon as possible. Barring any unforeseen circumstances, the declaration is likely to be made sometime around 1am on Friday morning.
Today’s by-election, sparked by Barry McElduff’s resignation in January, represents the fourth Westminster poll in the constituency since 2010.
The intermitting period has also seen three Assembly and two local government elections, as well as the European referendum in June 23.
While the two elections last year saw a spike in the number of people voting in West Tyrone, turnout is expected to be well down today, in line with typical trends for by-elections.
WHAT YOU NEED TO VOTE
Upon arriving at a polling station, staff will ask you to confirm your name and address and you will be asked to produce photographic ID before issuing a ballot paper.
The following identity documents can be used: A UK, Irish or EEA driving licence (photographic part -provisional accepted); a UK or Irish passport; an Electoral Identity Card; a Translink Senior SmartPass; a Translink 60+ SmartPass; a Translink War Disabled SmartPass; a Translink Blind Person’s SmartPass.
The ID does not need to be current, as long as the photo is a good enough likeness to allow polling station staff to confirm your identity. The address does not need to be current.
You can then take your ballot paper to the booth, mark one ‘X’, fold it and insert it into the ballot box.
People unsure where they should vote should consult the polling card issued to all eligible voters over April 9-11. It is not mandatory to present your polling card in order to cast your vote.
You can also check the location of your polling station by using the post code search on the Electoral Office website (eoni.org.uk).
Órfhlaith Begley (Sinn Féin)
Tom Buchanan (DUP)
Stephen Donnelly (Alliance)
Daniel McCrossan (SDLP)
Chris Smyth (UUP)
Posted: 7:05 am May 3, 2018