Vote in the General Election

Oct 31, 2019

Vote in the General Election

The general election is scheduled to take place on Thursday December 12th.

To vote in a General Election you must:

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

If you have never voted, have moved constituency or have turned 18 recently then you will need to register if you have not done so already.

If you are a student, you may be able to register to vote at both your home and term-time addresses – but you can only vote once in any election. If you are wondering in which constituency your vote will be most useful, the student voter website can help .

If you are going to vote in a constituency you won’t be in on election day, you must apply for a postal or proxy vote.

The deadline to register to vote will be at midnight on Tuesday 26 November.

Start your registration here

The deadline for new postal vote applications, or changes to existing postal votes, is likely to be 5pm on Wednesday 27 November.

Apply for your postal vote here

The deadline for receiving new proxy vote applications (not by post) will be 5pm on Wednesday 4 December.

Get proxy voting forms here

The deadline for applying for an emergency proxy vote – if you are suddenly ill for example – is 5pm on polling day.