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:
- how to register to vote in the upcoming General Election;
- voter eligibility;
- how to vote on the day and if you are away from home on Thursday 8 June;
You must be registered in order to vote
To vote on Thursday 8 June, you must be registered on the electoral roll. 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 – you can find out how to check if you are registered, and you can also register online via this external website: www.aboutmyvote.co.uk.
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 'About my vote' frequently asked questions: www.aboutmyvote.co.uk/frequently-asked-questions.
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.aboutmyvote.co.uk/register-to-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.aboutmyvote.co.uk.
Who will be able to vote in the General Election?
You can vote in this General Election if you are registered to vote in the UK, are 18 or over on Thursday 8 June 2017 and are:
• a British citizen, a qualifying Commonwealth citizen or a citizen of the Republic of Ireland,
• not subject to any legal incapacity to vote.
The following cannot vote in a UK general election:
• Members of the House of Lords (although they can vote at elections to local authorities, devolved legislatures and the European Parliament).
• EU citizens resident in the UK (although they can vote at elections to local authorities, devolved legislatures and the European Parliament).
• Anyone other than British, Irish and qualifying Commonwealth citizens.
• Convicted persons detained in pursuance of their sentences (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
Ways to vote
- At a polling station to cast your vote on the day
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.
- Register to vote by post: www.aboutmyvote.co.uk/how-do-i-vote/voting-by-post
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
- Nominate someone else to vote on your behalf (by proxy): www.aboutmyvote.co.uk/how-do-i-vote/voting-by-proxy
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 here: www.aboutmyvote.co.uk/how-do-i-vote/voting-by-proxy
Sources and further information to help you
'About my vote' is a dedicated website from the Electoral Commission: www.aboutmyvote.co.uk.
Specific information for students is here: www.aboutmyvote.co.uk/register-to-vote/students.