Are You Registered to Vote?
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The deadline for registering in the General Election is Tuesday 26 November, 11:59 pm.
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If you want to apply to vote by post in England, Scotland or Wales, register before 5pm on 26 November.
If you’re going to be abroad on election day, you can apply to vote by proxy after you’ve registered. It takes time to vote by post from overseas. It is too late to apply to vote by post or proxy if you live in Northern Ireland.
What you need to know about vote registration for the general election 2019:
You’ll be asked for your National Insurance number (but you can still register if you do not have one).
After you’ve registered, your name and address will appear on the electoral register.
How to check if you’re already registered
Contact your local Electoral Registration Office to find out if you’re already registered to vote.
Updating your registration
You can also use the ‘Register to vote’ service to:
- change your name, address or nationality
- get on or off the open register
To do this, you need to register again with your new details (even if you’re already registered to vote).
Other ways to apply
There’s a different process to register anonymously, for example if you’re concerned about your safety.
Registering with a paper form
- register using a paper form in England, Wales and Scotland
- register using a paper form in Northern Ireland
If you live abroad
You can use this service to apply to register to vote (or to renew or update your registration) if you:
- are a British citizen
- left the UK within the last 15 years
- were previously registered at an address in England, Scotland or Wales (or, in some cases, you left the UK before your 18th birthday)
You’ll need your passport details if you’re a British citizen living abroad, and want to vote in England, Scotland or Wales.
You only need to register once but if you move home you will need to register again using your new address.
FAQ about registering to vote
How to fill in: Where do you live?
You should click on which part of the UK you live in. Then click on the green ‘Continue’ button.
How to fill in: What is your nationality?
You should click on the options that describe you. Then click on the green ‘Continue’ button below.
How to fill in: What is your date of birth?
You should enter your date of birth here. Then click on the green ‘Continue’ button.
How to fill in: What is your full name?
You should type your first name in the ‘First name’ box. If you have a middle name, type this in the ‘Middle names’ box. Then write your last name in the ‘Last name’ box. If you have changed your name (like when you get married) you should choose the ‘Yes, I changed my name’ box and fill in your previous name in the boxes below. You can also choose the ‘Prefer not to say’ box but the Government might ask you to show ID to prove your name. After this click on the green ‘Continue’ button.
How to fill in: What is your National Insurance number?
You should enter your National Insurance number in the box. You can find your National Insurance number on your payslip or on letters from the Government about benefits, tax or pensions.
How to fill in: What is your address?
Type your postcode in the box and click ‘Find Address’. Then click on the box and choose your address from the list. Then click on ‘Continue’.
How to fill in: Do you also live at a second address?
If you live in one place, click ‘No’. Then click the ‘Continue’ button. If you live at two places you should click on ‘Yes, I spend time living at two homes’. Then click the ‘Continue’ button. If you live at two addresses, you can register to vote at both addresses by completing the form again after you finish this form.
Have you permanently moved out of another address in the last 12 months? If you have moved into a new home within the last year you will need to provide your old address. Click on ‘Yes, from a UK address’ and then click on ‘Continue’. You will then have to enter your postcode and click ‘Find address’ and then click on the box to find your old house number. If you have not moved into a new home in the last year then click ‘No’. Then click on the ‘Continue’ button.
How to fill in: Do you want to include your name and address on the open register?
The open register lets organisations and businesses buy lists that have names and addresses on them. If you don’t want to be on these lists then click the ‘No, I don’t want my name and address on the open register’. If you do want to be on the open register, then only click ‘Continue’.
How to fill in: Do you want to apply for a postal vote?
If you want to vote by post then click ‘Yes, send me a postal vote application form’. You will then have to choose if you want a form emailed to you or sent in the post. If you already have a postal vote then click ‘No, I already have a postal vote’. If you want to vote at a Polling Station then click ‘No, I prefer to vote in person’. Remember you can change your mind and vote by post when you want to. After you have chosen how you want to vote click ‘Continue’.
How to fill in: Is there anyone else aged 16 or over, (14 or over in Scotland), living at this address?
If there are other people over 16 years old, (over 14 in Scotland), living in your home, you should click ‘Yes’. If you live alone or the people you live with are under 16 years old, (under 14 in Scotland), you should click ‘No’. If you don’t know then click ‘Not sure’. If you don’t want to say you can click ‘Prefer not to say’. Then click on the green ‘Continue’.
How to fill in: If we have questions about your application, how should we contact you?
You have to choose at least one option on this page. Choose which ways you want to be contacted and then enter your email or phone number if you choose these. Then click ‘Continue’.
Check your answers before sending your application Scroll down the page and make sure all your answers are correct. If there is a mistake click on the ‘Change’ box next to the answer you want to change. This will take you to a new page where you can make the change.
If your answers are correct then click ‘I accept – send my application’. Once you have clicked this button you have finished your application.
Acknowledgements - This guide was co-written by Mencap and the Cabinet Office and published by HM Government.
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