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Have you registered to vote?

(19 November 2019)

You probably know that a general election has been called on 12 December 2019, but what have you done about it?

Your vote matters. To vote in the General Election you must be registered to vote by midnight on 26 November 2019 and:

  • 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

How to register

As a student, you may be able to register to vote at both your home address and your term-time address but you can only vote once in a general election.

You can register to vote online, it usually takes about five minutes. You can also register to vote if you're living overseas at the moment and if you'd prefer, you can register to vote anonymously.

Are you an international student?

Qualifying Commonwealth citizens who have leave to enter or remain in the UK, or don’t require that leave, may be eligible to vote. Examples of Commonwealth countries include Canada, India and Singapore.

Already registered?

If you think you've already registered to vote, you can check this with your local electoral services team.

Find out more

Find out if you've registered to vote

Read more about student voting

Register to vote

Register to vote anonymously

What is a qualifying Commonwealth citizen?