UK Parliamentary General Election 2019 – Register to Vote

UK Elections

A general election is due to take place on 12 December 2019 for residents in Southwark to elect Members of Parliament for the Bermondsey and Old Southwark, Camberwell and Peckham, and Dulwich and West Norwood constituencies.

Register to vote

The deadline for receiving applications to register to vote is midnight on Tuesday 26 November 2019.

Postal voting

The deadline for receiving new postal vote and postal proxy applications, and for changes to existing postal or proxy votes is 5pm on Tuesday 26 November 2019.

Proxy voting

The deadline for receiving new applications to vote by proxy (not postal proxy) is 5pm on Wednesday 4 December 2019.

The following information is provided as reference. For full details and further information, please visit

To vote in a General Election you must:

  • be registered to vote
  • be 18 or over on the day of the election (‘polling day’)
  • be a British, Irish or qualifying Commonwealth citizen
  • be resident at an address in the UK (or a British citizen living abroad who has been registered to vote in the UK in the last 15 years)
  • not be legally excluded from voting

Deadline for registering to vote in the General Election

Register by midnight on 26 November to vote in the General Election on 12 December.

If you want to apply to vote by post, register before:

  • 5pm on 26 November if you live in England, Scotland or Wales
  • 5pm on 21 November if you live in Northern Ireland

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.

Who can register

You can register if you’re both:

  • aged 16 or over (or 14 or over in Scotland)
  • a UK citizen (or an Irish, EU or Commonwealth citizen with a permanent UK address)

You will not be able to vote until you are 18. If you live in Scotland, you can vote in Scottish Parliament and local elections when you’re 16.

Registering online

Register to get your name on the electoral register. You need to be on the electoral register to vote in elections and referendums.

You only need to register once – not for every election.

Start now

What you need to know

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. 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

You can:

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.

If you previously lived in Northern Ireland and want to vote there, use the Northern Ireland overseas elector registration form.

If you’re a public servant posted overseas

There’s a different service for public servants (and their spouses and civil partners) who are posted overseas as:

Get help registering

You can get help registering from your local Electoral Registration Office.

There’s an easy read guide about registering to vote for people with a learning disability.

Why do people who don’t vote not vote? by Jay Foreman

And if you are still undecided about whether you should vote, we hope this video will help you to register (if you haven’t done it yet) and vote.

Regardless of your vote (even if you want to do a SPOILT BALLOT, it will still count and shape UK politics, so please, VOTE)

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