Voting in the 2019 General Election FAQs

When is the 2019 General Election?

Thursday 12 December 2019. Polling stations will be open between 7am and 10pm.

When is the deadline for registering to vote in the 2019 General Election?

Midnight on Tuesday 26 November 2019.

How do I register to vote?

You can register online or by post. You will need to supply your name, date of birth and national insurance number.

You can also register to vote anonymously.

Register to vote

Who is eligible to vote in a general election?

British, Irish or qualifying Commonwealth citizens with a permanent UK address who are 18 or over on the day of the election are eligible to vote, as long as they have registered to vote. British citizens living abroad who have been registered to vote in the UK in the last 15 years) are also eligible. For more details on voter eligibility, visit: https://www.gov.uk/elections-in-the-uk

For more details on which Commonwealth citizens are eligible to vote, visit: https://www.electoralcommission.org.uk/i-am-a/voter/register-vote-and-update-your-details#commonwealth

EU citizens (with the exception of citizens of Malta and Cyprus) residing in the UK are not eligible to vote in general elections, but can vote in local and EU Parliamentary elections.

Which constituency am I in?

You can out which constituency you live in by typing your postcode into this website: http://www.parliament.uk/mps-lords-and-offices/mps/

How do I find my local polling station?

This information can be found on your polling card, which will be delivered to your address in advance of the vote. You can also find your polling station by entering your postcode into this website: https://www.electoralcommission.org.uk/i-am-a/voter/how-cast-your-vote/voting-person

How do I apply for a postal vote?

You have to download, print, fill out and sign a postal vote application form, then send it to your local authority. The deadline for applying for a postal vote is 5pm on Tuesday 26 November 2019 (or 5pm on Thursday 21 November 2019 in Northern Ireland). You do not need to give a reason for applying for a postal vote (unless you are voting in Northern Ireland). You can download a postal vote application form and find out which address to send it to on this website: https://www.electoralcommission.org.uk/i-am-a/voter/how-cast-your-vote/voting-post

What is a proxy vote and how do I apply for one?

You can assign someone else to cast your vote for you if you are unable to cast your vote in person. This is called a proxy vote. Anyone who has registered to vote can apply for a proxy vote, however, a valid reason must be provided. The deadline for applying for a proxy vote is 5pm on Wednesday 4 December 2019 (or 5pm on Thursday 21 November 2019 in Northern Ireland). You can download a proxy vote application form and find a list of valid reasons for using a proxy vote and who is eligible to be a proxy on this website: https://www.electoralcommission.org.uk/i-am-a/voter/how-cast-your-vote/voting-proxy

If you have an emergency on the day of the election that means you cannot vote in person, you can apply for an emergency proxy vote before 5pm on election day (Thursday 12 December 2019). Details on the application process for using an emergency proxy vote and valid reasons to do so can be found on this website: https://www.electoralcommission.org.uk/i-am-a/voter/how-cast-your-vote/voting-proxy