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Our guide to the 2011 General Election polling day

Confused about voting? We have all the information you could possibly need.

The ballot boxes were brought to Inishbiggle on Wednesday.
The ballot boxes were brought to Inishbiggle on Wednesday.
Image: Julien Behal/PA Wire/Press Association Images via PA Images

THE BIG DAY has finally arrived – polling day for the 2011 Irish General Election.

You’ve chosen who to vote for, so what’s next?

Well, finding your local polling station for starters. Polling stations opened at 7am and will stay open until 10pm.

A handy tool for voters within the Dublin constituencies wanting to find their local polling station was launched this week by the National Digital Research Centre.

Called HitTheRoad.ie, it allows you to input your home address, then find your local polling station (which you’ll also find on your polling card). The site then figures out the easiest way to get there using public transport.

Here’s our guide to this site.

What do you do when you arrive at your polling station?

Have a look at our guide to how the single transferable vote system works – it’s an essential read whether you’re a first time or long time voter.

And remember, you don’t need a polling card if you’re entitled to vote.

All you have to do is bring proof of identity (such as your passport) and proof of your address in the constituency.

Now that you know how to vote, all you have to do is head to the polls.

But if you’re still undecided – we can help you with that too. Here’s the lowdown on all the election candidates nationwide.

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