General Elections FAQs

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The UK General Elections are just around the corner.Register to vote

On Thursday 12th December you’ll be asked to have your say by voting for the parliamentary candidates that best represent you and your views.

You’ve probably heard lots of elections jargon, dates and deadlines all over the news in recent weeks – but what does this all mean?

We’ve compiled a list of handy Elections FAQs to clear a few things up...

Can I vote in the UK General Elections?

You can vote in the General Elections if you are:

Still unsure? The Electoral Commission’s website provides an extensive list of Citizens eligible to vote.

How long does it take to register to vote?

Just 5 minutes – so hop to it! 

When are the voter registration deadlines?

What is a proxy vote?

If you’re unable to vote in person on 12th December, you can ask someone to vote for you – this is called a proxy vote. If this is the best option for you, make sure you send your proxy voting application form to your local Electoral Office by 5pm on 4th December.

Can I be registered to vote in two places? I’m not sure if I’ll be at home or Uni on 12th December.

Yes, you can be registered to vote in more than one location – i.e. at both your university and home address. However, you can only cast your vote in one area (or constituency).

I’m not sure if I’m registered to vote at home or at university, what should I do?

If you’re not sure, register again. You can always register in two places; just remember you can only vote once, in one location on 12th December.

When do I vote?

Polling day is 12th December and polling stations are open 7am-10pm.

What am I voting for?

Your vote will help to decide the Member of Parliament who will be elected to represent the area that you’re living or studying in. So we’d strongly advise that you research the candidates for your constituency to ensure you know who will best represent you and the key issues you’re passionate about. Your vote will also influence which political party/parties will form a Government and run the country.

Why should I vote?

The Government controls most aspects of the way society runs, including all domestic and foreign policy, the NHS, the economy, our response to climate change, Brexit – and higher education, of course! So be sure to check out what each party stands for and vote for the issues that matter to you.


Have more questions? Head to, the BBC’s Elections webpages and the Electoral Commission’s website for more information.




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