General Election 2017: Everything you need to know, including how to watch the live results

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The polling stations opened at 7am this morning, which can only mean one thing: the General Election is finally upon us.

By this time tomorrow, the votes of UK citizens will have been totted up, determining exactly how the UK is to be governed for the next five years. Here’s how we can expect this year’s election process to proceed:

Why are media outlets so silent today?

OFCOM rules insist that media outlets have to remain strictly non-partisan while polling takes place. No campaigning material can be broadcast during voting hours, and exit polls have been placed on hold.

However the winners of #dogsatpollingstations are heartily welcomed. 

When do the polling stations close?

Polling stations opened at 7am, and close at 10pm. If you are in line when the stations close, you will still get to vote.

Remember: you don’t need your polling card to vote.

And in case you didn’t know, today marks the 104th anniversary of the day that suffragette Emily Davidson sacrificed her life to secure women the vote, so please, go and march to ballot box with pride.

What time are the exit polls?

A survey of voters leaving polling stations (carried out by Ipsos MORI and GfK for Sky News, the BBC and ITV News) will be published at 10pm this evening.

These results are garnered from a key selection of 100 constituencies across the country. And they’ve correctly predicted the winners of the last four elections, so they’re a pretty key indicator of what sort of government we’ll have tomorrow if you don’t fancy a sleepless night.

When will we get the first results?

The first expected result of the night (Houghton and Sunderland South) is expected to be announced at 10pm.

What time will the bulk of the results be revealed?

Politicos will have to endure an all-night, fourteen-hour minimum slog before all 650 constituencies declare their results.

Only 5% of the nation’s votes are expected to be in by 2am, including Corbyn’s own Islington North and that of the Cities Of London and Westminster.

The majority of the seats will be announced at 4am, including that of Richmond Park, which is former Mayoral hopeful Zac Goldsmith’s old seat.  

By midday, the last three seats, Berwick-upon-Tweed, Blyth Valley and Wansbeck, will have been declared.]

When will we know who our next Prime Minister is?

We could know the name of our next PM from as early as 3am, although this is all dependent on how tight the race is.

When will the new PM make their victory speech?

Again, it depends: the leader of the triumphant party traditionally waits for the leader of the losing party to concede defeat before announcing their victory.

What TV channel do I need to tune into to watch the results come in?

Veteran presenter David Dimbelby will present BBC One’s election coverage for the tenth (and rumoured final) time: he will, of course, be joined by Eggheads presenter (and king of green screen) Jeremy Vine. They will be live on air from 9.55pm through to 7am on Friday 9 June.

ITV’s coverage will also start just before 10pm and will continue to 6am, hosted by The News At Ten’s anchor Tom Bradby. The channel is aiming to announce the results the fastest out of all of the broadcasters this year.

Sky News will be leading their coverage with Sky regular and Metro columnist Sophy Ridge.

If you’re searching for an edgier, more alternative view of the event, make sure to tune into Channel 4 from midnight: comedian David Mitchell and the sabre-toothed Jeremy Paxman will be grilling some political kingpins, alongside an incisive dose of 8 Out Of 10 Cats.

Where’s the best place to watch them?

Some of us will be watching the results alongside our loved ones, while others may prefer to do so alone.

Whichever you prefer, there are many fine watering holes across the nation who will be live-streaming the results.

BrewDog are offering free pints to voters who take a selfie outside of the polling station to prove their credentials. And with spots across London, Manchester, Leeds, Sheffield and Edinburgh, it’s a UK-wide temptation.  

Images: Rex Features