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Register to vote in the June 8 General Election

Friday 21 April 2017

On Tuesday 18 May, Prime Minister Theresa May announced that there would be a General Election on Thursday 8 June 2017. The outcome of this general election could set the agenda for a decade to come and will have a huge effect on you as individuals as well as the country. So, it is vital that you register to vote as soon as possible in order to have your voice heard.

This page provides information on:

You must be registered in order to vote

To vote on Thursday 8 June, you must be registered on the electoral roll. The deadline to register to vote in the General Election is Monday 22 May. Register online at www.gov.uk/register-to-vote.

You will need your National Insurance number to register to vote. Look for it on payslips or official letters about tax, pensions or benefits. You can also ask for a reminder through the post: www.gov.uk/lost-national-insurance-number.

If you live overseas, more information about how to register is in the 'Your vote matters' frequently asked questions: www.yourvotematters.co.uk/frequently-asked-questions. The 'Your vote matters' website is run by the Electoral Commission. 

You can register in two places, as long as you only vote once. This is useful for people who live at two addresses in the UK, so as a student, you may find this of particular interest. More information: www.yourvotematters.co.uk/can-i-vote/students

You can register on the open, public list or you can choose to be on the edited list which is not publicly available. If you wish to keep your identity a secret, the Electoral Commission provides ways to register and still safeguard your identity. Find out more by scrolling down the list of frequently asked questions on the same site here: www.yourvotematters.co.uk.

The way you register to vote changed on 1 December 2015, so it’s important to make sure your registration details are up to date.

Who will be able to vote in the General Election?

To vote in this General Election, you must be registered to vote in the UK, and:

  • 18 years of age or over on polling day (Thursday 8 June 2017)
  • be a British, Irish or qualifying Commonwealth citizen
  • be resident at an address in the UK (or a UK citizen living abroad who has been registered to vote in the UK in the last 15 years)
  • not be legally excluded from voting.

The following cannot vote in a UK Parliament election:

  • members of the House of Lords
  • EU citizens (other than UK, Republic of Ireland, Cyprus and Malta) resident in the UK
  • anyone other than British, Irish and qualifying Commonwealth citizens
  • convicted persons detained in pursuance of their sentences, excluding contempt of court (though remand prisoners, unconvicted prisoners and civil prisoners can vote if they are on the electoral register)
  • anyone found guilty within the previous five years of corrupt or illegal practices in connection with an election.

More information is available here: www.yourvotematters.co.uk/can-i-vote/who-can-register-to-vote

Ways to vote

Polling stations will be open from 7am to 10pm. If you are already registered to vote, you will receive a poll card before the polling day. You don’t need this to vote, and if you lose it, you can contact your local council to find out where your polling station is.

If you think you may be unable to get to your polling station, there are a couple of options for you, but you need to plan ahead and make arrangements - please see below. 

You can apply to vote by post until 5pm on Tuesday 23 May. If you would like to vote by post you must already be registered, or have submitted your application to register. If you’re not already registered to vote, you must register by Monday 22 May.

You will need to print off and fill out the application form and send it to your local electoral registration office to arrive by 5pm on Tuesday 23 May. Find out more here: www.aboutmyvote.co.uk/how-do-i-vote/voting-by-post

Please note, the deadline for absent vote applications in Northern Ireland is 5pm on Thursday 18 May.

If you can’t vote in person on Thursday 8 June, you can appoint a proxy, who is someone you trust to vote on your behalf. Proxy vote application forms must be received at your local electoral registration office by 5pm on Wednesday 31 May. You and your proxy must have already registered to vote by Tuesday 22 May. Find out more and download the right application form here: www.yourvotematters.co.uk/how-do-i-vote/voting-by-proxy.

Please note, the deadline for absent vote applications in Northern Ireland is 5pm on Thursday 18 May.

Sources and further information to help you

'Your vote matters' is a dedicated website from the Electoral Commission: www.yourvotematters.co.uk

Specific information for students is here: www.yourvotematters.co.uk/can-i-vote/students

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