General Election 2019: How do you register to vote and what is the deadline?
22 November 2019, 15:19
With the December general election fast approaching, it is more more important than ever to register to vote.
This is all you need to know about how to register, who can register and when the deadline is.
When is the deadline for voting?
The deadline to register to vote is midnight on November 26.
The deadline to apply for postal voting is 5pm on November 26 in England, Scotland and Wales, and November 21 for Northern Ireland.
Polling stations will be open from 7am to 10pm on December 12.
Am I eligible to vote?
You are eligible to vote if you are...
- Over 18 on the day of the vote
- Registered on the electoral roll
- A British or Irish citizen
- A Commonwealth citizen living in the UK who has leave to enter or remain or does not require the leave
- An EU citizen living in the UKA UK citizen living abroad who has been registered to vote in the UK in the past 15 years
What do I need to register?
- National Insurance Number
- Passport if you are a British citizen living abroad
How do I register?
You can register online here.
How do I check if I am registered to vote?
The best way to check is to contact your local electoral registration office.
Each UK local authority has a list of al the names and addresses of eligible voters in the area.
How do I register if I am at university?
Students can vote at their university or home address, and it is legal to be registered in two areas.
However, it is illegal to vote in both.
Students who are registered at only their home address can use postal vote or proxy.
How do I register to vote if I am abroad?
If you are a British citizen who lives abroad and has been on the electoral register in the past 15 years.
You should register to vote in the local area you were last registered in when you lived in the UK.
Who is banned from voting?
- Members of the House of Lords
- EU citizens living in the UK, except people from UK, Republic of Ireland, Cyprus and Malta
- Convicted prisoners
- Anybody found guilty of electoral fraud within the past five years
- People with any "legal incapacity" which impairs their judgement
Why is it so important to vote?
Rachael Farrington, founder of independent political resource Voting Counts, told LBC News: "This election is not just about who becomes Prime Minster, you're electing someone to represent your views and local community in Parliament.
"It's an opportunity to hold your politicians to account, and make sure that your MP is best servicing the needs of your area.
"In 2017, 14.5 million people who were registered to vote did not vote. That's more potential votes than any one party received. These voters, if they engaged in elections, could significantly change the dynamics of the political system we’re in.
She continued: "While Westminster might feel a world away to some, the people we're electing will be making decisions on the issues that matter to us and affect our lives on a day to day basis.
"From the price of food in the supermarket and what we learn in school, to funding for our public services and how we tackle climate change, everything is political. Voting is just one way to ensure your voice is heard on these issues.
"It takes just five minutes to register to vote, and going to the polling station is just a small portion of your day. It’s so little a price to pay to have our voices heard and hold our politicians to account."