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Voters urged to check they're 'election ready' before it's too late

Anyone who wants to vote in the general election on 4 July must be registered to vote before the deadline on midnight 18 June.

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This means if you have not previously registered, or you have recently moved, you will need to register or update your electoral details by that time.

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Voters can apply online at It takes just five minutes.

Voters have a range of options - they can vote in person, by post or by appointing someone they trust to vote in their place, known as a proxy vote. The deadline to apply for a postal vote is 5pm on 19 June.

The deadline to apply for a proxy vote if you do not already have a postal vote in place is a week later, 5pm on 26 June.

For the first time at a UK general election, voters will need to show photo ID at a polling station.  There are various options for the ID you can show, including a driving licence, passport, older person's bus pass and blue badge - the full list is on the Electoral Commission website.

Craig Westwood, Director of Communications at the Electoral Commission, said:

"It is important that people check they're election ready ahead of upcoming deadlines. All voters must be registered, and some may need to apply for a postal or proxy vote or free ID. Registering to vote is quick and easy and can be done online.

"Voters will need to show photo ID at polling stations for this general election. Anyone who does not have one of the accepted forms of photo ID can apply for free ID online or by completing a paper form and submitting it to their local council."

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Last modified on 12 June 2024