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Following the decision to hold a general election on 12th December, it is really important to make sure you are registered to vote at your current address. The deadline to register to vote in this election is 26th November 2019.
Whatever your politics, however you feel about politics and politicians, everyone should take the opportunity to vote. Even if you think “my vote won’t make a difference” you should vote – some MPs have been elected on very small majorities in the past.
Check if you are already registered
The Electoral Services department at your local council can check if you are already registered, and answer any questions.
If your local council is Bracknell Forest:
Phone: 01344 352000
If your local council is Windsor & Maidenhead:
Electoral Services Helpline on 01628 683868
How to register
If you are not already registered to vote, or if you have moved house since you previously registered then see www.gov.uk/register-to-vote to register online. If you prefer to register on a paper form, you can either download the form here:
or you can request a form from your local council.
Did you know that you can register to vote if you are homeless?
Did you know that you can register anonymously if having your name on the electoral role could affect your safety, or the safety or someone in your household?
If you are a student living away from home in term-time, you can register at both your home address and your term-time address. However, you must choose one location to vote at on 12th December. (It is a criminal offence to vote twice in a national election.)
Can’t get to the polling station on 12th December?
If you will be away from home on Election Day, 12th December, you can apply to vote by post, but you will need to do this before 5pm on 26th November if you live in England. Your voting form will be posted to you several days before 12th December, so you will need to make sure you will be at home to receive it, complete it, and post it back.
If you can’t do a postal vote, because you will be away in the days leading up to the election, you can choose instead to arrange a proxy vote. Proxy voting means that if you aren’t able to cast your vote in person, you can have someone you trust cast your vote for you. They must go to your polling station to cast your vote. If you live in England, the deadline to apply for a proxy vote in the general election on 12th December 2019 is 5pm on 4th December.
If you have an unexpected emergency, such as going into hospital, or going away on business, which means that you can’t get to the polling station on 12th December, don’t worry – you may still be able to vote. As long as you were already registered to vote, you can make an emergency application for a proxy vote, up to 5pm on polling day, providing you didn’t know about the emergency until after the normal deadline to register for a proxy vote.
Going to the polling station to vote
If you plan to vote in person, make sure you know where your polling station is. Use this postcode search. Polling stations are open from 7am until 10pm on polling day, but they can get very busy, particularly towards the end of the day.
For more information on what to expect at the polling station, see here:
For more information about registering and voting, see: