Polling day is here: all you need to know

It has been long anticipated, but after a month of heavy campaigning, May 6th is finally here and it is time for people to make their mind up and mark their cross at the ballot box.

The Linc's illustrator Mike Schofield gives his take on the election campaign.

This year’s General Election is one of the most tightly fought in recent history with constantly changing opinion polls, predictions of uncertainty and the possibility of a hung parliament.

Lincoln is a marginal constituency so the result here isn’t certain and could help make a difference on a national scale. The candidates here are Gillian Merron (Labour), Karl McCartney (Conservative), Reg Shore (Liberal Democrats), Nick Smith (UKIP), Gary Walker (Independent), Robert West (BNP), Ernest Coleman (English Democrats).

Over two thousand postal votes have been cast already. If you were part of the last minute surge of registrations to vote, you can use the map below to find where in the city the polling stations are.

(View 2010 Lincoln Polling Stations in a larger map)

If you’re still undecided (if the TV debates didn’t help as they weren’t a reality TV show) The Linc has been following the campaigns closely on the Elections Blog tracking the local candidates and their policies – after all, we don’t vote for the Prime Minister.

You can find out what was said at the recent hustings and go through our coverage of each of the main candidates, including our special interview webcasts where we put your questions to the candidates.

Voting closes at 10pm tonight and from then The Linc will be providing live updates from the count bringing you the announcement of who will be representing Lincoln here on the website and on Twitter, @thelinc.

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