Voting in the UK parliamentary election

There are three ways to vote in the UK parliamentary election on 12 December 2019.

  • In person, at our polling places from 7am to 10pm on Thursday 12th December 2019. Your polling place will be detailed on your poll card (which you will receive through the post as long as you are registered to vote). You don’t need your poll card to vote. You can find your polling place using our property search.
  • By post – as long as you have registered for a postal vote. Your vote must be received by 10pm on 12th December 2019 or it won’t be counted – if you leave it too late to post your vote back to us, you can hand it in to any polling place within the relevant constituency only before they close at 10pm on polling day. You can download postal vote registration forms from the Electoral Registration Office website.
  • By proxy – where you trust someone else to cast your vote on your behalf. You must be registered for a proxy vote to do this. You can download proxy vote registration forms from the Electoral Registration Office website .

Your ballot paper will list the name and address of each candidate standing for election. Their party name and logo will also be included, where appropriate. If they are not standing for a party, it will say “independent”.

To vote, you must put one cross (X) next to the one candidate that you wish to vote for.

Registering to vote

Before you can vote in this – or any election – you need to be registered to vote, and your name and address must be included in the electoral register.

To vote in the UK Parliamentary General Election, a person must be

  • registered to vote;
  • 18 years of age or over on polling day (the day of the election);
  • a British citizen, a qualifying Commonwealth citizen, or a citizen of the Republic of Ireland; and
  • not be subject to any legal incapacity to vote.

You can find out more about who is eligible to vote in a UK Parliamentary Election here.

There are set deadlines for registering to vote if you want to take part in the UK Parliamentary Election:

  • Last day for registering to vote
    26th November 2019 (midnight)
  • Last day for applying for a postal vote or changing existing postal vote
    26th November 2019 (5pm)
    (you must be registered under individual electoral registration to apply)
  • Last day for proxy application
    4th December 2019 (5pm)
    (you and your proxy must be registered under individual electoral registration to apply).

Please note that specific date restrictions apply for the issue of postal ballot papers.

If you apply for a postal vote for the UK Parliamentary General Election before 19th November 2019, your postal ballot pack should be delivered around the 25th November 2019.

If you apply for a postal vote for the UK Parliamentary General Election between 20th November 2019 and 5 pm on the 26th November 2019, your postal ballot pack should be delivered to you around the 2nd December 2019.

If you don’t think you will be at home when the postal votes are being delivered or you may not be able to return it on time, you can apply for a proxy vote, where someone will cast your vote on your behalf.