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General Election 2024: Don’t miss tonight’s deadline to register to vote

June 18, 2024

If you haven’t yet registered to vote in the forthcoming General Election you only have a few hours left to get your application in.

The deadline is 11.59pm tonight (Tuesday, 18 June).

You can submit your application online at: and it takes about five minutes to complete.

More than 2.1 million applications to vote have been submitted since the election was called, Government figures show.

All voters intending to vote in the General Election on July 4 will not only need to be registered but also show a form of photo identification at the polling station.

Please note: Student ID is NOT an acceptable form of identification. You can check accepted photo ID at:

If you do not have any of the accepted forms of ID you can apply for a free document called a voter authority certificate

The deadline to apply for a voter authority certificate to use in the general election is 17:00 on Wednesday 26 June.

Other dates to remember

Many of us will vote on polling day by going to our polling station. Crucially though, this is not the only way to vote.

You also have the choice to vote by post or to vote by proxy; (when somebody else votes on their behalf):

These options also have deadlines.

Voters must be registered to vote by post by 5pm tomorrow (Wednesday 19 June) and the deadline to vote by proxy is 5pm on Wednesday 26 June.

Want to know more?

Check out our Election Explained series, including the first in a series of podcasts and video shows all about the General Election.

Episode one is available to watch or listen to below and explains how to vote and why you should use your vote:

There are also a series of articles on the website:

Read: The Election Explained: Back to the future? How history can guide us to the likely outcomes

Read: The Election Explained: How to make your vote count

Read: The Election Explained: The First TV Debate – Reaction

Read: The Election Explained: The Phoney War Phase

June 18, 2024


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