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15 September 2014How to vote

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HOW TO VOTE

Register to vote or update your details here.

Note: You will need your national insurance number when you register

Registration deadline: 20 April 2015

Once you've registered you will receive a poll card in the post telling you where and when to vote.

You can vote:

  • at a polling station (details below)
  • by post
  • by proxy (getting someone else to vote for you)

Find out more about registering and voting here.

VOTER ELIGIBILITY

You can vote in a UK parliamentary general election if you're registered to vote and:

  • aged 18 or over on polling day
  • a British citizen, Commonwealth citizen or a citizen of the Irish Republic
  • not legally excluded from voting (e.g. because you're in prison)

You can't vote in a UK parliamentary general election if you are:

  • under 18
  • a member of the House of Lords
  • a European Union citizen (and not also a British, Irish or Commonwealth citizen)
  • in prison (apart from remand prisoners)

FIND YOUR CONSTITUENCY

You can find your constituency here.

ON ELECTION DAY

On the Election Day (May 7, 2015) you will go to a local polling station to cast your vote. Details of your local polling station will be on the poll card you receive in the post.

At the polling station you will receive a ballot paper on which you'll cast your vote. Always read the instructions carefully, even if you've voted before.

The ballot paper lists the name of each candidate along with their party name or description, party logo or address.

If you make a mistake you can ask the polling staff to give you another ballot paper.