Step by step guide to voting in the general election

On 8 June 2017, polling stations will be open from 7:00am to 10:00pm to enable eligible voters to participate in the UK general election. Depending upon where you live, you will be asked to vote for an MP to represent one of the following constituencies:

Who can vote

To vote in the UK general election you must be registered to vote and also:

The following people are not allowed to vote in the general election:

How do I register?

You can register online at register to vote but must do so before 11:59pm on 22 May 2017 to be able to take part in the vote.

Am I registered?

If you are eligible to vote in a general election and received a polling card to vote in the local elections on 4 May 2017 you will be automatically registered to vote, provided your circumstances have not changed (such as moving house, changing names through marriage etc). If you did not receive a polling card and you have not registered since 26 April, you will need to register before 22 May 2017 or if you are unsure please call 01327 322128 to check.

How do I vote?

Eligible voters who registered to vote before 26 April will be sent a polling card on or around 9 May with details of your allocated polling station. Those who register between 27 April and 22 May will receive their polling card on or around 30 May.

You do not need to bring your polling card to the polling station; just give staff your name and address. Then you will need to mark a clear X in the box next to the name of the person you would like to be your local MP and place in the ballot box. If you make a mistake do not cross out; just ask the election staff for a replacement ballot paper.

What if I will be away?

If you canít attend a polling station on 8 June 2017 you can apply for a postal or proxy vote.

If you applied for a postal vote by 26 April you will receive their postal vote on or around 25 May 2017.

If you applied after 26 April you will receive your postal vote on or around 30 May.

If you have not already registered for a postal vote you must apply for a postal vote by 5pm on 23 May 2017and a vote will be sent to you on or around 30 May 2017 for you to complete and post back to us before 8 June.

Alternatively, you have until 5:00pm on 31 May 2107 to apply for proxy vote which will allow you to nominate someone to vote at your polling station on your behalf.

You can apply for either vote at Your Vote Matters.