MPs who stood in the Parliament since the last general election have now lost their seats as Parliament was dissolved, paving the way for fresh candidate nominations. On Thursday, November 14, the deadline for nominations expired, and the ‘Statement of Persons Nominated’ is being prepared for each of the UK’s 650 constituencies.
Who can you vote for?
The easiest way to find out who is standing in your constituency is to head to the ‘Who Can I Vote For’ website HERE.
You’ll be asked to enter your postcode, and your candidate list will appear.
Note that the official lists are still being put together after the nomination deadline, so some constituencies might still say “the official candidate list has not yet been published”.
However, most lists are being finalised now as residents prepare to head to the ballot boxes on Thursday, December 12.
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The Electoral Commission will also publish the official list of candidates on the Your Vote Matters website HERE once finalised.
Here you can also find out information about registering and the electoral services in your area.
Note that these websites won’t tell you who to vote for or what policies candidates stand for.
For that, you’ll need to head to the candidate’s websites, look out for local canvassing events in your area and read the dozens of pamphlets you’ll soon start getting through the post.
Can you still register to vote?
The deadline to register to vote is 11:59pm on 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.
The easiest way to register to vote is online at the Government website HERE – it should take less than five minutes.
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You’ll be asked for your National Insurance number so you should dig that our before you register, but 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.
You should contact your local Electoral Registration Office to find out if you’re already registered to vote.
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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