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When is the deadline to register to vote for the 2019 general election?

1st November 2019 Help & Advice, Upcoming Events Tags: 0 Comments

Britain faces its first December general election in almost a century. Here’s how to register to vote and the time limit for signing up.

So how do you register to vote and when is the deadline?

Here’s everything you need to know.

With the election on Thursday 12 December:

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

The deadline for new postal vote applications, or changes to existing postal votes, is likely to be 5pm on Tuesday 26 November.

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

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

Who needs to register?

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.

You can even get yourself on the register if you are 16 or 17 but you will need to have turned 18 before the election date to actually be eligible to vote.

Can EU citizens vote in a general election?


EU citizens living in the UK can register to vote, and can vote in the following:

  • European Parliament elections (though you have to fill out a form called UC1 to prove you’re not also voting in another country).
  • Council elections
  • Police and Crime Commissioners
  • London mayoral and Assembly
  • Northern Ireland and Welsh Assemblies and Scottish Parliament

But EU citizens cannot vote in UK Parliament elections – a general election – unless they are citizens of the Republic of Ireland, Cyprus or Malta. For more information click here.

How do I check if I am already registered?

If you are not sure whether or not you are registered, you should check with your local electoral registration office.

You can find the local authority to get in contact with here.

How can I register if I need to?

By visiting the official government voter registration website and filling out the relevant forms. Alternatively, you can register by post. Download the forms here.

What if I live abroad?

You can register as an overseas voter for up to 15 years after you left the country, if you are a British citizen and you have been registered to vote in the UK within the last 15 years (or if you were too young to register when you left).

If you are serving in the armed forces abroad there is a special form you can fill out here.

Likewise, if you are a Crown servant and British Council employee working abroad click here.

Where should students register to vote?

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 going to vote in a constituency you won’t be in on election day, you must apply for a postal or proxy vote – see deadlines above.

What if I am away on election day?

If you cannot vote in person you can ask someone to vote on your behalf, via a proxy vote.

That person must be aged over 18 and be registered to vote.

You can apply for a proxy vote here.

In certain circumstances, where you have an emergency that means you cannot get to the polling station in person, you can apply for an emergency proxy up to 5pm on the day of the election.


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