On April 18, Prime Minster Theresa May announced she wanted to hold a general election on June 8. General elections are when all UK citizens vote for an individual to represent their local area or ‘constituency’ in the UK Parliament. The party with the most members of Parliament forms the UK Government.

On April 19, the British Parliament voted in favour of Theresa May’s proposal. This ‘snap election’ is now only a few weeks away, meaning there will be a short time to organise and register our communities. General elections are considered the most important elections that take place in the UK and a time of intense public debate about what is taking place in the country and what policies are needed. This creates lots of opportunities for us to speak about our experiences and the issues that affect to our communities.

 

 

Who Can Vote?

To vote in a UK general election a person must be registered to vote and also:

  • 18 or over
  • be a British citizen, a qualifying Commonwealth citizen or a citizen of the Republic of Ireland
  • not be subject to any legal incapacity to vote

The full information and more details can be found on the Electoral Commission website here:

http://www.electoralcommission.org.uk/faq/voting-and-registration/who-is-eligible-to-vote-at-a-uk-general-election

Important Dates and Information

 May 22 is the Registration Deadline.

Before you can vote, you must first register to vote. The last day you can register is at 11:59 pm on May 22. The process is simple and only takes 5 minutes.

There are lots of ways to register. The easiest is to register online. Go to: https://www.gov.uk/register-to-vote.

To register you will need:

  • Your name and address
  • Date of Birth
  • Your National Insurance Number

You can also register directly with your local council. Visit: https://www.gov.uk/find-local-council to find your local council, and contact them directly. You can also visit: https://www.yourvotematters.co.uk/register-to-vote/find-your-local-authority to search for your local Electoral Registration Officer.

 June 8 – Election Day!

On June 8 you will go to vote in your local polling station. A polling station is a local building where people go and place their vote into a ballot box to choose who they want to represent them. On Election Day, it will be open from 7 am to 10 pm. You can go and vote at any time during those hours.

Before June 8th you will be sent a poll card which you will need to bring with you to the polling station on election day. The location of your polling station will be on the poll card delivered to you before election day. Alternatively, contact your local authority to find out where your polling station is.

Visit Your Vote Matters or the Electoral Commission for more information about voting in person.

Some people will choose to vote by post or by proxy (which is when somebody votes on your behalf and with your permission). For more information on voting by post, please click here: https://www.yourvotematters.co.uk/how-do-i-vote/voting-by-post. For voting by proxy, visit https://www.yourvotematters.co.uk/how-do-i-vote/voting-by-proxy.

For more information and FAQs, visit:

https://www.yourvotematters.co.uk/faq

http://www.electoralcommission.org.uk/faq

http://www.parliament.uk/about/faqs/house-of-commons-faqs/genelec2010faq/