Countdown to register to vote for the upcoming General Election

The forthcoming General Election will shape the future of the country and as the campaign gets underway Manchester residents are being urged to make sure they can vote.

Anyone not already on the electoral register will be unable to vote on Thursday 12 December unless they have registered by the end of Tuesday 26 November. Anyone who has moved recently should ensure they are registered at their current address.

Registration is a quick and easy process. If you are not already registered you can visit You will just need your date of birth and national insurance number. 

Anyone who is already on the electoral register at their current address with the correct details need take no further action. 

If you are registered, you can choose to vote by post or appoint a proxy to vote on your behalf.

Applications for a postal vote must be received by 5pm on Tuesday 26 November.

The deadline to appoint a proxy is 5pm on Wednesday 4 December.

If you need to update your details (for example if you have changed surname through marriage) or simply check whether you are on the register, you should contact Manchester's Electoral Services Unit by phoning 0161 234 1212.  

Joanne Roney OBE, (Acting) Returning Officer for Manchester, said: “It is important that everyone in this city has a voice and that they have their voice heard, but to do this it is vital that you are registered to vote. Anyone who is not registered is urged to do so as soon as possible to make sure you can use your vote on 12 December.”

You are eligible to vote in the General Election if you are aged 18 or over and a British, Irish or qualifying Commonwealth citizen. See the Electoral Commission website for details.

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