Election day is here: don’t forget to vote

File photo dated 06/05/10 of the polling station at Market Hall in Swadlincote, Derbyshire. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Sunday March 22, 2015. It may be a plain black box but it holds the nation's future. And it symbolises a key principle of our democracy - that the vote should be secret. Other nations, including some in the third world, have introduced new technology to their democratic systems in the form of voting machines. But, despite some trials in contests for councils and devolved assemblies, the mechanics of Britain's General Election polling system is little changed from more than 140 years ago when the secret ballot came in. The price of sticking to tradition is that while other states know who has won the election within minutes of close of poll, we sometimes have to wait until well into the next day - or later. Ballot boxes were introduced in 1872, five years after the second "leap in the dark" Reform Act extended the vote to large numbers of working class people. Previously balloting wa

File photo dated 06/05/10 of the polling station at Market Hall in Swadlincote, Derbyshire. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Sunday March 22, 2015. It may be a plain black box but it holds the nation's future. And it symbolises a key principle of our democracy - that the vote should be secret. Other nations, including some in the third world, have introduced new technology to their democratic systems in the form of voting machines. But, despite some trials in contests for councils and devolved assemblies, the mechanics of Britain's General Election polling system is little changed from more than 140 years ago when the secret ballot came in. The price of sticking to tradition is that while other states know who has won the election within minutes of close of poll, we sometimes have to wait until well into the next day - or later. Ballot boxes were introduced in 1872, five years after the second "leap in the dark" Reform Act extended the vote to large numbers of working class people. Previously balloting wa

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The time has come to decide who gets your vote in the election.

Polling stations will be open from 7am until 10pm today (Thursday).

Three separate counts will be held in Erewash following the close of polls.

All the election counts in Erewash will be carried out at Rutland Sports Park tennis centre in Ilkeston.

The overnight count for the General Election will take place following the close of polls at 10pm tonight.

It is expected the count will take several hours and the result of who has been elected as MP for Erewash will be declared in the early hours of Friday morning.

The Erewash Borough Council election count will begin at 10am on Saturday May 9, while the count for the parish council elections will take place at 10am the following day.

The turnout in Erewash at the last parliamentary election in 2010 was 68.5 per cent.

The five parliamentary candidates for Erewash are: Catherine Atkinson for Labour, Martin Garnett for Liberal Democrats, Ralph Hierons for the Green Party, Philip Rose for UKIP and Maggie Throup for the Conservatives.