General Election 2019: information on registering and voting

In order to vote in the General Election on 12 December 2019, you must be registered to vote by 11:59pm on 26 November.

If you use the government's online register to vote service, it usually takes about 5 minutes:

Who is eligible to vote in a general election?

To vote in a UK general election you must:

  • Be 18 or over on the day of the election.
  • 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.

You also need to be on the electoral register. You only have to register once, but will need to re-register if you have changed your address, name or nationality since you first registered. In order to vote in this general election you must apply to be registered by Tuesday 26 November 2019.

This can be completed online. If you need help, you should contact the Council of the Isles of Scilly's Electoral Registration Office.

How can I register if I need to?

By visiting and filling out the relevant forms. Alternatively, you can register by post. Download the forms here:

I’m a student. Where do I register to vote?

If you’re a student you can register to vote at both your home and term-time addresses, but you can only vote once in a general election.

Thursday, December 12 is close to when term finishes, so you might already have travelled home, but there is nothing stopping you applying for a postal vote in your university constituency if you want to vote there.

Voting at your local polling station

Details of your nearest polling station will be shown on the back of your polling card, which you will receive in the post from mid-November.

What should I do if I can’t vote in person on December 12?

There are two ways to vote if you can’t be there to vote in person on the day of an election – with either a postal vote or a proxy vote. To apply for a postal or proxy vote you must already be registered to vote and on the electoral roll.

The deadline to apply for a new postal vote, or amend or cancel an existing postal vote, is 4pm on Tuesday, November 26.

Voting by proxy

A proxy vote means someone can vote on your behalf. Anyone can act as your proxy provided they’re registered to vote and allowed to vote in the same type of election.

You need to apply for a proxy vote at least six working days before election day. Electoral Services must receive your application to vote by proxy by 4pm on Wednesday, December 4.

 You may wish to vote by proxy because:

  • You’ll be away.
  • You’ll be at work.
  • You’ll be attending a course.
  • You’re disabled.
  • You’re living overseas.
  • You’re serving overseas as a member of the armed forces.
  • You’re a British Council employee or Crown servant (for example diplomatic or overseas civil service).

If you currently vote by post but want to switch to proxy voting, you must tell Electoral Services in writing before 4pm on November 26.

Voting by post

Anyone registered to vote in an election can apply for a postal vote. You don’t need to give a reason. You just need to fill in a form and then send it to the Electoral Registration Office by 4pm on November 26.

How can I check if I am registered to vote?

Every local authority holds the electoral register for their area. You can contact the Council of the Isles of Scilly's Electoral Registration Office and they will let you know if you are registered.

Contact the Registration Office by email at or by phone on 01720 424545.

Gov.UK provide a guide for voting in easy read.

Publishing date: 
Friday, 15 November, 2019