UK general election 2017

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The next UK general election will be on Thursday 8 June 2017.

In this election you elect a Member of the UK Parliament to represent your constituency.


Voters living in the UK

The deadline to register to vote was Monday 22 May. It is now too late to register to vote at the UK general election on 8 June.

If you registered to vote before the deadline, your local electoral registration office will contact you to let you know when you are registered or if they have any questions.

Voters living overseas

The deadline to register as an overseas voter for the UK general election on Thursday 8 June has now passed. If you didn’t register and were not already registered, it is now too late.

If you were already registered and have been asked to renew your registration and haven’t yet done so, make sure you renew as soon as possible or you may not be able to vote.

If you have registered as an overseas voter but haven’t yet applied for a proxy vote (where you can nominate someone in the UK to vote on your behalf), you should do this now

Find out about proxy voting


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

How do I vote?

The UK general election uses the First Past The Post system.

You will receive one ballot paper.

You should mark an ‘X’ against the one candidate you want to elect to represent your constituency.

When votes are counted, the candidate who receives the most votes is elected as MP for your constituency.


Absent voting

It is now too late to apply to vote by post at the UK general election.

You can still apply to vote by proxy.