Register to Vote

18th November 2019

Register to Vote

Anyone planning to vote in December's general election who isn't yet on the electoral roll has until Tuesday 26 November to register.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson's call for a general election has been approved.

The election is set to take place on Thursday 12 December.

December is a busy time for students, with many returning home for the Holidays. Students CAN register at BOTH their University and Home addresses. If you don’t know where you will be on December 12th, it doesn’t matter! Register at both addresses and simply turn up to the polling station wherever you are on the day.

You have until Tuesday 26 November to register to vote. You are eligible to vote if:
you're a British Citizen aged 18 or over
If you are an Irish or Commonwealth citizen aged 18 or over and living in the UK

However, simply being eligible to vote doesn't mean you're actually able to. You HAVE to register to vote.

The process to register is very simple – you can do it in five minutes online. You MUST do this by 11.59pm on Tuesday 26 November, otherwise you won't be able to vote in the general election.

How do I register to vote?

To register, use the official Government website. You may need the following, if you have them:

  • Your national insurance number
  • Your passport if you're a British citizen living abroad.

Not sure if you’re registered – how do I check?

To find out if you are registered to vote, you can contact your local electoral registration office. Unfortunately, you can't check this online.

If it’s close to the 26th November deadline you can register again as a last resort. The electoral roll is checked for duplications by councils after the registration deadline, so you won't be registered to vote twice.

Where do I vote?

If you're registered to vote you should receive a polling card in the post in the next few weeks, which will tell you when and where you can vote.

Polling stations are usually in a hall or school, but if you're unsure where to go to vote, visit: Where is my local polling station?

Polling stations will be open from 7am until 10pm on Thursday 12 December.

As long as you're registered on the electoral roll and go into the polling station and give your name and address, you'll be able to vote. There's no harm in taking ID and/or proof of address BUT this is NOT needed to vote.

How do I change to vote by post or proxy?

If you're already registered to vote you can apply to vote by postal or proxy.

Postal voting

Proxy voting

  • If you'll be unable to go to the polling station yourself (e.g. if you'll be abroad) on Thursday 12 December but still want your vote counted, you can get a proxy vote.
  • This means that you can get somebody else to vote on your behalf, as long as they're eligible and registered to vote in the election.
  • To get a proxy vote you'll need to apply by filling in a proxy voting application form. The form you'll need to fill in will depend on your reason for requesting a proxy vote.
  • The form needs to be sent to your local electoral registration office
  • Applications for proxy voting need to be received by the relevant office by 5pm on Wednesday 4 December.