How British Parliament Actually Works
Post-1945 British Governments
Organizing the Knights Templar

How the Election Process Works in the United Kingdom

Step 6 of 6
Next Slideshow
Next Slideshow

What happens on Polling Day in the UK?

On Polling Day, every eligible resident may cast one vote in their local constituency. Polling may be done: in person at a polling station, by post or by proxy.

The candidate with the most votes becomes the local Member of Parliament (MP) for that area. This system is known as ‘first-past-the-post.’

The goal of each political party is to win 326 or more seats in the House of Commons in order to take power in the government.

  • Add a Comment
  • Print
  • Share


Promoted Stories From Around The Web

blog comments powered by Disqus
Building a Bill in Congress
The U.S. Constitution and the Establishment of Government
How to Stay Informed about Policymaking in Washington, D.C.
What Is the Role of the National Security Advisor?
Women's Suffrage and the Nineteenth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution