What you need to know for Polling Day

On 11 Sept, a record number of 2.5 million Singaporeans will cast their votes. For the first time ever, voters born post-independence will outnumber those born pre-independence.

GE2015 is also the first election since independence where every parliamentary seat will be contested by opposition parties.

Here are six things that every voter should know.

1. When to vote

Voting is on 11 September 2015. The polling stations are open at at 8 a.m and close at 8 p.m.

2. Where to Vote

Your poll card will tell you where your polling station is. You are not allowed to bring any documents or material, nor wear any attire or symbol which shows a party, or candidate’s symbol.

If you don’t have a polling card by now, you can print one out via the Elections Department Website. Just log in with your Singpass, and the ‘Print ePoll Card’ button is right on the landing page.

3. What to bring

Bring your identity documents and poll card.

You should have received your poll card in the mail.

The only forms of identification that will be accepted during elections are: NRIC; Singapore passport; or identity cards issued by the Ministry of Defence, Singapore Police Force, and Singapore Civil Defence Force (for uniformed personnel).

Photocopies of the above identification will not be accepted.

4. How to vote

Once at the polling station, approach an election official to receive an official ballot paper. Show your poll card and identity documents. You will not be given a ballot paper if you do not have your identity document with you.

5. Casting your vote

You should mark your choice with an “X” in the box, on the right on the ballot paper. Your vote will be invalid if you choose more than one party, write your names or any particulars that identify you.

There is no room for error. If you change your mind and marked the wrong candidate, you will not be given a new ballot paper. This is to prevent people from casting multiple votes.

6. For elderly and physically disabled

Special drop-off points will be provided at polling stations for vehicles dropping the elderly or physically disabled votes. Wheelchairs will be provided for those who need them and polling booths will have a lower deck for those on wheelchairs.

Stencils will be provided for the visually impaired. A polling official can provide assistance if necessary.

There will also be a priority queue for such voters.

7. Voting is compulsory

Singaporeans above 21 years old have to vote on election day, otherwise they stand to lose their right to vote in subsequent elections.

A list of people who did not vote will be published by the Elections Department after the polls, and these individuals will be removed from the Register of Electors.

You can only get back on the voter list if you had a valid reason, such as delivering a baby or illnesses. Otherwise, you have to pay $50 to get back on the list.

For more information, you can visit the Singapore Elections Department website.

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With Reference to Elections Department