General election 2017: register to vote

19 Apr 2017

With a general election set to take place on 8 June, it is important you register to vote and then use your vote on the day.

Hundreds of thousands of people could be disenfranchised by failing to register in time

When is the deadline to register to vote?

Assuming you are eligible, you can register any time but, be aware, there will be a deadline. The deadline to register for the last general election was 12 working days before people went to the polls. Assuming we follow the same timetable this time around, the deadline would be 22 May.

If you are already on the electoral roll you do not need to register again and your local authority can tell you if you are already on the register. If you voted in the EU referendum in 2016 (and haven't moved) you are most likely already on the list.

If you're not on the electoral roll, register to vote on the government's gov.uk website. On the 'Register to vote' page it is possible to update a name, address and other electoral register details, choose whether you want to vote by post or in person, and change whether you are on the open register.

For more information read the BBC general election guide.

It takes five minutes to register and, when doing so, you'll need your National Insurance number. If you're a British citizen living abroad you will also need your passport.

Why you should register and then use your vote:

  1. Things never have to stay the way they are. If we give up, change will never happen
  2. They are your public services, you decide their future
  3. If you don't vote, you don't count
  4. Being registered to vote improves your credit rating. Immediately.

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