With 1/3 of under 34s not registered to vote, here’s our guide to voting this general election

Make your voice count

With the general election taking place in less than a month’s time, we were shocked to hear that around 30% of under 35s aren’t even registered to vote.

If you’re not registered, you can’t vote. Simple as.

According to The Electoral Commission, around seven million people are unregistered. Out of these, the majority are young people, anyone who has recently moved home and private renters.

And, since the window to register is quickly closing, we thought we’d give you a basic rundown of everything you need to know about voting at this general election…

How to register to vote

Register to vote before Monday 22 May

Apply for a postal vote by 5PM on Tuesday 23 May

Apply for a proxy vote (which allows a trusted nominated person to vote for you) by 5PM on Wednesday 31 May

Absent vote applications in Northern Ireland will be considered until 5pm on Thursday 18 May and you need a reason as to why you want to vote by post.

When is the General Election?

Thursday 8 June. Polling stations will be open from 7am to 10pm.

How do I know if I need to register?

‘If you registered to take part in a previous election or referendum and you haven’t moved home since then, you don’t need to register again. To check, you can contact your local authority here. If you do need to register again, you’ll need your National Insurance number and if you are a British citizen living abroad you’ll need your passport details too.’

And, try not to leave it to the last minute like 496,000 people did back in 2015 when they submitted their application literally just in the knick of time on the registration deadline day…

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