Many believe a general election is likely to be held in the UK at some point between October and the end of this year. To vote in a general election, you will need to have registered onto electoral register before hand. Below we have put together a handy toolkit to help you do this, however the process is fairly simple, so if you have not registered yet and fancy giving it a go now, just follow this link to get started >> www.gov.uk/register-to-vote
Remember, if you don't register, you can't vote, and you will lose your chance to have your say on who is elected into government.
To register to vote in a general election in the UK, you must be:
You can register to vote online via the UK government's website >> https://www.gov.uk/register-to-vote. It takes on average around 5 mins to complete, if you have the all the information that is needed (see below what you will need).
When registering, you will need to provide your address, to be assigned to the electoral register in your area.
When registering to vote, you will need to provide the following information:
Once this information has been submitted and you have completed your registration, you should receive a confirmation email, followed up by a letter stating you have been entered on to the electoral register. This means you can vote in the election!!
There will be a deadline to register, and the government will set this once an election is called. The deadline is usually around three weeks before the date of a pending election. If you apply after this deadline, you will still be entered onto the electoral register but will not be able to participate in the forthcoming election/referendum.
In the past, the gov.uk website has been known to crash in the last couple of hours before the registration deadline. Therefore we advise that you register to vote well in advance of the deadline to avoid this happening.
When a person registers to vote they will be placed on the electoral register (sometimes referred to as the electoral roll). This contains information that is not publicly available but is made available to certain organisations for the purposes of fighting crime, calling people for jury duty and checking credit applications.
People registering to vote should be given the option of opting out of being on the open register. This is similar to the electoral register but is made more widely available – for example, businesses and charities use the open register to check details such as names and address.
HOW DO I VOTE?
If this is your first-time voting, below are some step by step instructions:
If you have any question about voting, please come a see us or visit the gov.uk website for the most up to date advice and information.
Section 2 and section 3 – Where to register and what information is needed to register.
Time limits and registering to vote
Consequences of registering to vote