Saturday 20 January 2018

Now that Theresa May's called a snap election, do you need to register to vote?

By Prudence Wade

We answer any burning questions you might have… however silly they might feel.

Clear your diary, because on June 8 chances are you’ll be voting in the snap election that Theresa May has just called.

But before you turn up at your local polling station, do you need to register to vote?

Here are all your burning vote-registering questions answered in preparation for the big day.

Who needs to register?

If you’ve never voted, have moved constituency, or have turned 18 recently then you will need to register if you haven’t done so already.

When can I register?

Assuming you’re 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, this would be May 22.

You can even get yourself on the register if you’re 16 or 17 – but you’ll have to have turned 18 before June 8 to actually be eligible to vote.

How can I check if I’m already registered?

If you’re not sure whether or not you’re registered, you should check with your local electoral registration office – find yours here.

How can I register if I need to?

We thought you’d never ask. You can do so by clicking here and filling out the forms. Alternatively, you can register by post.

What if I live abroad?

You can register as an overseas voter for up to 15 years after you left the country – if you’re a British citizen and you’ve been registered to vote in the UK within the last 15 years (or if you were too young to register when you left).

If you’re serving in the armed forces abroad there’s a special form you can fill out here. Likewise if you’re a Crown servant and British Council employee working abroad.

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