Would-be voters urged not to miss Christmas General Election deadlines

We’re making a list. We’re checking it twice. We’re going to find out who’s on the Electoral Register.


There is now less than a week left until the electoral registration deadline for the forthcoming General Election.

Anyone who is not already on the electoral register will not be able to vote unless they have registered by the end of Tuesday 26 November. If you are registered at your current address, you need take no further action.

Registration is a quick and easy process. If you are not already registered you can visit www.gov.uk/register-to-vote  You will just need your date of birth and national insurance number. If you need to check whether you are registered, or update your name details, you should contact Manchester’s Electoral Services Unit by phoning 0161 234 1212.

Tuesday 26 November is also the deadline to request a postal vote – with 5pm the cut-off point this time. Please note this is before the registration deadline. 

Anyone who wants to can request a postal vote but people are particularly encouraged to do so if they are not in the city on polling day on Thursday 12 December, or might find it difficult to make it to their polling station – especially in the event of a cold snap.

Postal votes packs will start arriving from Thursday 28 November and people are being encouraged to return them as soon as possible.

Meanwhile anyone who wishes to appoint a proxy to vote on their behalf has until 5pm on Wednesday 4 December to do so.

Joanne Roney OBE, (Acting) Returning Officer for Manchester, said: “The last thing we want is for people who want to exercise their democratic right to vote in the General Election to miss out because they were unaware of key deadlines. Our message is, if you need to add yourself to the electoral register or request a postal or proxy vote don’t delay – do it today.”

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 www.electoralcommission.org.uk for further details.

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