Voting in the 2019 General Election FAQ's

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When is the 2019 General Election?

Thursday 12 December. 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.

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, however, you can still register to vote if you do not have a national insurance number. You can also register to vote anonymously. Register to vote here.

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. Find more details on voter eligibility here

For more details on which Commonwealth citizens are eligible to vote, visit this webpage.

If you meet the above requirements and hold a Tier 4 (General) student visa, the UK Council for International Student Affairs has some useful information on how to register to vote if you do not have a national insurance number.

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.

Can I register at home and at University? Yes. You can only vote in one constituency but you can register to vote in both. You do not have to decide in advance which constituency to vote in if you are voting in person.
Which constituency am I in? You can find out which constituency you live in by typing your postcode into this website.
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.
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 (or 5pm on Thursday 21 November 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.
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 (or 5pm on Thursday 21 November 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 here.

If you have an emergency on the day of the election which means you cannot vote in person, you can apply for an emergency proxy vote before 5pm on election day (Thursday 12 December). Details on the application process for using an emergency proxy vote and valid reasons to do so can be found on this website.

What is the University’s voter registration system?

The University of Sheffield runs a voter registration scheme in partnership with Sheffield City Council. When registering as a student at the University of Sheffield you are automatically registered to vote, unless you choose to opt out. So far 11,527 students have been registered through this scheme this academic year.