Monday, 25 Oct 2021

Hartlepool by-election exit poll: Will there be an exit poll? When will we know results?

Sir Keir Starmer casts vote in 'Super Thursday' local elections

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The Hartlepool by-election – the only Westminster election taking place on ‘Super Thursday’, a bumper batch of elections across the UK – is certainly one to watch. Today’s vote will mark new Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer’s first real test since he took office after Labour saw its heartlands turn blue in shocking numbers as the Tories devastated all opposition in the 2019 general election. Hartlepool has been Labour since 1964 but will it turn blue today?

Will there be an exit poll?

According to sources, there will be no exit poll for the elections taking place today.

Usually, exit polls are taken as soon as voters exit the polling station, where they are asked how they voted by pollsters – usually private companies working for media outlets.

Exit polls provide an initial snapshot of how parties have fared and the results we can expect to see.

However, with the coronavirus pandemic ongoing and social distancing required, it is expected that as few people will be around polling stations as possible and exit polling won’t take place.

When will we know results?

The pandemic will also delay the vote counting as all measures are taken to prevent the spread of the virus.

We can expect to see the results of the Hartlepool by-election any time from around midnight on Thursday.

Some forecasters are saying that Friday afternoon is a more realistic time to expect to know the results.

What about the other votes?

Welsh Parliament results could be complete by the end of Friday.

Scottish Parliament, English councils and London results could be announced on Saturday as well.

You might have to wait until Monday to hear the results for Police and Crime Commissioners.

What time are polls open?

The local elections of 2021 will be held on Thursday, May 6. Polls open at 7am and close at 10pm.

How can you vote?

You need to be registered to vote already to take part in the elections today.

There are three ways to vote:

  • In person at a polling station
  • By postal vote
  • By nominating someone to vote for you (a proxy vote)

Can you still get a proxy?

If you can’t vote in person – for example, if you’re self-isolating due to coronavirus – someone can vote for you.

You can tell them who to vote for on your behalf – this is called proxy voting.

You can apply for an emergency proxy subject to certain criteria up until 5pm today, Thursday, May 6.

You may be able to get an emergency proxy vote if:

  • You cannot vote in person because of your employment or a disability.
  • You or your proxy need to self-isolate because of COVID-19.
  • You became aware of the need for a proxy after the proxy deadline.

Head HERE for more information on how to apply for a proxy.

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