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Registering to Vote

By sophiebk 04 Nov 2019

A General Election has been called for 12th December 2019. If this will be your first time voting, you will need to register to vote. You can do this online here and you must register by midnight on 26 November to vote in the General Election.

To vote in a General Election you must:

 • be registered to vote

• be 18 or over on the day of the election

• 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

 More information is available here.

Students are able to register to vote at both their home and term-time addresses, however you can only vote in one local authority area in a general election; you can choose whether you want to vote in your home local authority or your university local authority. If you want to vote in person, make sure you will be able to get to your polling station, whether that is near your home or near your term-time address. If you want to vote via post, see below.

Postal Vote

Some of you may wish to vote in your home city / town and so you will need to select the option to 'Vote by Post' when you complete your registration. If you want to apply to vote by post, you must register before:

  • 5pm on 26 November if you live in England, Scotland or Wales
  • 5pm on 21 November if you live in Northern Ireland

When completing your application to vote, you will be asked the below question:


If you say 'Yes' you will receive the postal vote application form immediately via email and you just need to complete it and email it back. 

When will I get the Postal Vote Pack?

Once registered, you will usually receive the postal vote pack quite close to polling day - the deadline for this tends to be 19 working days before the poll. With your ballot paper will come a free post envelope and it is your responsibility to fill it out and return it before the poll closes at 10pm on 12 December. If you happen to leave sending back the postal vote form too late you can still hand it in to your polling station on polling day (check first to see if this is allowed) or to the elections team at your council.

Another option is to vote by proxy ...

You can only apply for a proxy vote under certain circumstances, including:

  • being away on polling day
  • having a medical issue or disability
  • not being able to vote in person because of work or military service

You Apply for a proxy vote using a paper form that you send to your local Electoral Registration Office. You need to apply by 5pm on 4 December to vote by proxy in the General Election in England, Scotland or Wales. There’s a different form to apply to vote by proxy in Northern Ireland. Apply by 5pm on 21 November.

You can ask anyone to act as your proxy - as long as they:

  • are registered to vote
  • are allowed to vote in the type of election taking place
  • can vote in the polling station stated on your poll card

Happy Voting!


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