Stevie Martin | Staff Writer | Thursday, 7 May 2015

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Vote. Just Don't Take A Selfie In The Polling Station

The Debrief: Go vote! Just don't take a selfie INSIDE the polling station - unless you're willing to pay a heavy fine...

Today around 50 million people who registered to vote all across the UK will be voting in 650 Westminster MPs. And, of course, the government we'll be lumped with for the next five years - so get yourself down to a polling station, stat and either tick those boxes or spoil that goddamn ballot paper. The main thing is that you have your voice heard. 

While at the polling station, it's pretty simple: you go in, your name is found on a list, you get a piece of paper, you go to a booth and mark an X where appropriate. What's not appropriate, though, is taking a selfie: it'll cost you a whopping £5,000. Yep, and it'll be hard to get out of paying considering the evidence is, quite literally, a massive picture of your face. 

You can, however, join in with the #IVoted hashtag on Twitter with a pic of yourself (be careful, again, not to tweet inside the station though) - you just have to make be careful where you do it. 'Due to the potential breach of the law, intentionally or not, we strongly advise against any form of photography taken inside a polling station,' the Electoral Commission says. 'However, if a voter would like to highlight their participation in the elections, we suggest this is done outside the polling station before or after they vote.'

At last year's European elections, if people revealed how other's voted, they faced £5,000 fines or up to six months in prison - can you imagine if you accidentally selfied someone's vote? Exactly. 

So don't vote and selfie. In other news, you can bring your dog provided he or she doesn't disrupt the vote - presumably by weeing everywhere, barking, or telling everyone who everyone els has voted for. 

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Tags: Politics, General Election 2015