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You can already register to vote in the general election

Apr 18, 2017

Elections and voting explainedTheresa May has announced an election on 8 June. Find out what you need to do to make your voice heard.

If you will be 18 or over on 8 June, you should register to vote now to make sure that you don’t miss your chance. It takes about five minutes, and you’ll need your National Insurance number. Anyone who is over 16 can register to vote, so even if you can’t vote in this election, you can register now to make sure you can vote in future elections.

If you are a student living away from home, you can register to vote at both your home address and your university address. You will only be allowed to vote in one area, but registering in both means that you will still be able to vote if you’re not sure whether you will be at home or at uni on 8 June.

If you will be on holiday on 8 June, you can still vote. There are two ways to do this:

  • Postal voting: You are sent a ballot paper in the post, which you fill in and post back. You can download an application form or ask to be sent one when you register to vote. Anyone can ask for a postal vote: you don’t need to give a reason.
  • Proxy voting: You choose someone to go and vote for you on election day. You can download an application form if you want to do this. You’ll need to explain why you want a proxy vote – for example, because you will be away, or because you have a disability that makes it difficult to get to the polling station.

Find out more about elections and how to vote.

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