Election 2019: How do you know if you’re registered to vote? Is it too late?

On December 12, citizens all across the nation will head to their local polling stations to cast their vote and decide who will have the chance to take the country forward with Brexit and beyond. Here is everything you need to know to cast your valuable vote in this election.

How can I check if I’m registered?

To check if you’re already on the electoral register at your current address, you’ll need to contact your local electoral office.

If you’re in England, Scotland or Wales, you can enter your postcode and find your local office HERE.

If you’re in Northern Ireland, head HERE to find your local electoral office.


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Is it too late to register now?

If you’re not registered, or if you need to update your details (such as a new address), you still have time.

The deadline to register for the December 12 election is 11.59pm on Tuesday, November 26.

Registration for postal voting must be completed by 5pm on November 26 if you live in England, Scotland or Wales, or by 5pm on November 21 if you live in Northern Ireland.

How can I register to vote?

The easiest way to register to vote is online at the Government website HERE – it should take less than five minutes.

You’ll be asked for your National Insurance number so you should dig that out before you register, although you can still apply without it.

You can also use the link above to change your name, address or nationality, or to get on or off the open register.

If you don’t want to register online, you can use a paper form – you can find a link to these HERE.

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How can I register to vote by post or proxy?

If you’re going to be away from home, you can apply for a postal vote HERE.

You don’t need to find a reason for this application unless you’re voting in Northern Ireland.

If you’re going to be abroad on election day, you can vote by proxy, which is advised.

Apply for your proxy vote HERE.

Do I have to register to vote?

You must register to vote if you’re asked to do so and you meet the conditions for registering.

If you’re asked to register and do not do so, you could be fined.

You will not be fined if you have a valid reason for not registering, for example, a long stay in hospital, or you have severe learning difficulties.

Who can vote?

To vote in a general election you must meet the following criteria:

  • You must be registered (see above)
  • You must be aged 18 or older on the day of the election (if your birthday is before or on the election day you can still register now and vote)
  • You must be a British, Irish or qualifying Commonwealth citizen (to find out which countries these are head HERE).
  • You must be a 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
  • You must not have any legal obstructions to voting

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