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General Election 2017: How to register to vote and when the deadline to register is

Have your say during the General Election 2017 with our guide to how to register to vote

by Chloe Best

Following Theresa May's decision to call a snap election, there are just three weeks to go until the British public head to the polls to have their say on who should form a government on 8 June. Make sure you are able to have your say by registering to vote before the deadline, here's how…

Who can vote in the General Election?

People are able to cast their vote in the General Election if they are a British, Irish or Commonwealth citizen aged 18 or older on the election date, 8 June 2017. Voters must also be a resident of the UK or have been registered to vote in a British election within the past 15 years if they are living abroad.

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How can I register to vote?

Registering to vote can be done easily online or with a simple form within minutes. For residents of England, Scotland or Wales, you can register to vote online at gov.uk/register-to-vote. People living in Northern Ireland can download a form from the Electoral Office for Northern Ireland website (eoni.org.uk/register-to-vote).

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What is the deadline to register to vote?

The deadline for registering to vote is midnight on Monday 22 May. For a postal vote the deadline is 5pm on Tuesday 23 May. Meanwhile if you want to vote by proxy – for someone to vote on your behalf – you should apply by Wednesday 31 May. For an emergency proxy vote the deadline is 5pm on the day of the election.

How can I find out if I am already registered?

If you're not sure whether you have already registered to vote, the easiest way to check is to contact your local authority. Enter your postcode on yourvotematters.co.uk to find the contact details for your local electoral registration office; they will be able to inform you if you are already registered at your current address or whether you still need to sign up.

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