Who can vote
To register to vote you must be:
- 18 years old or over
- On the electoral register
- A British, Irish, or Commonwealth citizen
To be on the register you must have filled in an electoral registration form; paying council tax, for example, does not mean you are registered to vote. Registration can now be done online
If you are 16 or 17 years old or if you are a national from another European Union country you can still be added to the electoral register using the online application but you will not be able to vote in the General Election.
The deadlines for the election are as follows:
- The last day to apply to register to vote for the election was Monday 20 April 2015.
- The last day for postal vote applications was 5pm Tuesday 21 April 2015
- The last day for proxy vote applications is 5pm Tuesday 28 April 2015
If you know now that you will be unable to vote in person on polling day please contact Election Services as soon as possible.
Most electors should have received their poll cards, which provide information about the election and details of how you have chosen to vote i.e. In person at the polling station location or by postal vote.
You do not need to take your poll card to the polling station to be able to vote.
If you registered to vote after 16 March, you will receive your polling card in the coming week.
To be on the register you must have filled in an electoral registration form; paying council tax, for example, does not mean you are registered to vote.