FAQ’s about the upcoming General Election

The Prime Minster, Rishi Sunak has called a General Election for 4 July 2024.

That leaves people who aren’t yet eligible with enough time to get themselves on the electoral register.

Here’s everything you need to know about how to Register so that you can cast a Vote to choose your local MP.

What is the Electoral Register?

The electoral register – sometimes referred to as the electoral roll – lists the names and addresses of everyone who’s registered to vote.

How long do I have?

Over 1 Million people Registered to Vote in the week leading up to the last General Election, perhaps it’s better to do it sooner rather than later.

The deadline to Register to Vote in an election is usually 12 working days before polling day.

Who can Register to vote?

You have to be aged 16 or over to Register to Vote.

You must also be one of the following:

  • A British citizen
  • An Irish or EU citizen living in the UK
  • A Commonwealth citizen who has permission to enter or stay in the UK, or who does not need permission
  • A citizen of another country living in Scotland or Wales who has permission to enter or stay in the UK, or who does not need permission.

Who can vote in the upcoming General Election?

Just because you can Register to Vote, it doesn’t necessarily mean you can Vote in UK parliamentary elections like the upcoming General Election on 4 July 2024.

For example, despite being able to Register at younger ages, you can’t actually Vote unless you’re 18 or over on the day of the parliamentary election you’re voting in.

Here are the criteria for those votes:

  • Be registered to vote in the constituency
  • Be either a British citizen, a qualifying Commonwealth citizen or a citizen of the Republic of Ireland
  • Cannot be subject to any ‘legal incapacity’ to vote – prisoners serving a sentence for a conviction cannot vote in UK parliamentary elections and neither can peers in the House of Lords.

How can I Register to Vote?

The easiest and quickest way is to do it online.

Your name and address gets put on it automatically when you Register to Vote. The government uses it for electoral purposes, such as making sure only eligible people can Vote.

Do I have to Register to Vote?

If you’re asked to by the government and you are eligible to, then yes you do.

Do I have to Vote?

No, but we would encourage everyone to vote as you have the power to make key decisions on the quality of life you want for yourself, your family, and your community. Voting is your chance to stand up for the issues you care about.  We often hear “They’re all the same” or “I don’t do politics” are reasons why people don’t Vote, but politics affect every one of us every day of our lives.  Please don’t waste your vote.  If you’re unsure who you should Vote for, please look online at the manifesto’s of the political parties, to see whose views align with your own and what matters to you.

There are currently around 8 million people who are eligible to Vote and have not Registered to Vote.

Turnout at the 2019 General Election was 67.3% across the UK, a decrease of 1.5 percentage points from 2017 (68.8%) meaning that 32.7% of those Registered to Vote, didn’t vote.

I have changed name and/or address, can I update my Registration?

To do this, you need to Register again with your new details (even if you’re already Registered to Vote) or contact your local Electoral Registration Office

I’m not sure if I’m on the Electoral Register?

To check whether you’re already on the Electoral Register, contact your local Electoral Registration Office or Register to Vote online again.