General election 2017: Voting under way across England

General election 2017: Voting under way across England

  • 8 June 2017
  • From the section England

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Polling stations have opened across England for voting in the general election.

There are more than 2,700 candidates vying for 533 seats in England out of the UK’s total of 650.

Registered voters are able to cast their ballots to choose their Members of Parliament from 07:00-22:00 BST.

Counting will then take place overnight, with the winners declared in the early hours of Friday.

The general election in numbers

England’s seats and candidates

2,716

candidates

533

seats in Parliament for England

  • 1,931 male candidates

  • 785 female candidates

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In the 2015 General Election, there were 3,209 candidates across all the English constituencies, 493 more than are standing on Thursday.

The average number of candidates is five but every constituency has at least three people for voters to choose from.

In some constituencies, there are at least eight candidates.

MPs are elected by a simple majority, under the first past the post system.

Voters who applied for postal votes but did not send them back in time can still take them to their local polling station by 22:00.