Monday 22 May (11.59pm) is the deadline for voter registration ahead of the General Election on 8th June. If you’ve not registered yet or still have questions, we’ve answered some of the most common ones below.
I’m not interested in politics, why should I register to vote?
You don’t have to be interested in politics or even decide who you want to vote for to be on the electoral register. What many people don’t realise is that being on the Electoral Register can improve your credit score – and anyone who is responsible for their own finances should care about that.
Visit the register to vote website before midnight.
I’m registered to vote, but I’m holiday that day so I can’t vote.
False. Visiting a polling station isn’t the only way you can vote in an election. If you’re on holiday or away with work, apply for a postal vote – the deadline is Tuesday 23rd May at 5pm.
Alternatively, you can apply for a proxy vote – the deadline for this is Wednesday 31st May at 5pm.
What happens if there is an emergency on polling day and I can’t make it to a polling station?
If you get called into work, or have to go to hospital, you can apply for an emergency proxy vote (letting someone you trust, vote on your behalf) – as long as you let us know by 5pm we can help.
I’ve registered to vote, but I’ve not received my Poll Card – will I still be able to vote?
You do not need a Poll Card to cast your vote. Anyone who was registered to vote before the General Election was called should already have received their poll card. If you’re one of the 2 million who have registered since the election was called then we’ll be trying to get your poll card to you as soon as possible. If it still hasn’t arrived by the 8th June, then give us a call and we can check if you’re on the register and where your closest polling station is so you can vote.
How do I return my postal vote?
Post your ballot paper back as quickly as possible to make sure it’s counted.
If you’re too late to post your ballot paper back, you can hand it in at the Council House, Derby, or take it to your local polling station by 10.00pm on the day.
Who Can Vote?
To vote at the UK general election you must be registered to vote and:
- 18 years of age or over on polling day
- be a British, Irish or qualifying Commonwealth citizen
- be resident at an address in the UK (or a UK citizen living abroad who has been registered to vote in the UK in the last 15 years)
- not be legally excluded from voting
The following cannot vote in a UK Parliament election:
- members of the House of Lords
- EU citizens (other than UK, Republic of Ireland, Cyprus and Malta) resident in the UK
- anyone other than British, Irish and qualifying Commonwealth citizens
- convicted persons detained in pursuance of their sentences, excluding contempt of court (though remand prisoners, unconvicted prisoners and civil prisoners can vote if they are on the electoral register)
- anyone found guilty within the previous five years of corrupt or illegal practices in connection with an election
On Polling Day
Polling stations open at 7.00am and close at 10.00pm or once voters present in a queue at/outside the polling station at 10.00pm have cast their vote).