Election 2017: So how can I take part in the General Election?
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The General Election campaign is moving up a gear with the formal dissolution of Parliament on Wednesday. That is the point at which we no longer have MPs. Those seeking re-election simply become candidates again like everyone else.
But how do you make sure you have a voice in ensuring who goes back to Westminster after the election?
If you are already on the Electoral Register you will be eligible to vote in the general election – unless you are a Peer of the realm. Also excluded are EU citizens are able to vote in local elections but not the general election (or referenda).
If you have a vote in the county council election you are on the register and you will be able to vote.
If you are not registered to vote, but are eligible, the last date you can register is Monday, May 22. Contact the electoral registration officer at your local district or borough council.
If you want or need a postal vote you have until 5pm on May 23 to apply.
Postal votes will start to be sent out soon after the candidates are all confirmed after the close of nominations on May 11 for those who have already applied for them.
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You can return them immediately – or you can wait until later. The all have to be back with the returning officer by polling day, June 8.
If you need an emergency proxy vote you can apply until 5pm on Wednesday, May 31.
Polling stations are open from 7am to 10pm on June 8. You do not need your polling card to vote in the general election – but if you have one at hand it makes it easier for election officials to find your name on their list.