You can vote in elections if you are on the electoral register (also known as the electoral roll). It is your responsibility to make sure you are registered.
You can register if you –
- are 16 or older (although you cannot vote until you are 18) and are not already registered
- you are a British, Irish, qualifying Commonwealth, or European Union citizen living in the UK
- live abroad and have been registered as a UK elector during the last 15 years (you register as an overseas elector and can't vote in local elections)
- are a student living at a different address during term time (students can vote in local elections at both their home and at their term time address if they are in different government areas)
If you move house you need to register again providing your new address details.
You need to register on the GOV.UK website.
Deadlines for the UK Parliamentary general election 2017
|Receiving applications to register to vote||Monday 22 May 2017||Midnight|
|Receiving new postal vote applications||Tuesday 23 May 2017||5pm|
|Receiving new postal proxy applications5pm||Tuesday 23 May 2017||5pm|
|Changes to existing postal votes arrangements||Tuesday 23 May 2017||5pm|
|Changes to existing postal proxy arrangements||Tuesday 23 May 2017||5pm|
|Receiving new applications to vote by proxy||Wednesday 31 May 2017||5pm|
What happens next
Once we have processed your voter registration, a confirmation letter is sent to you. An application form is sent separately if you have expressed an interest to vote by post or by proxy. You need to fill this in and send it back to us.
If you are not on the register you might be refused a loan, mobile phone contract or be turned down for a bank account.