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What to know about vote in UK General Election on July 4, including deadlines, voter registration, proxy and postal voting

Anyone planning to vote in the upcoming General Election must first register to vote, and here is how.

On Thursday July 4, residents will head to the polls to choose who they want to represent them in Parliament.

On the day of the election polling stations will open from 7am to 10pm, but individuals must ensure that they are registered to vote in advance or will be turned away.

Closeup Hand holding ballot paper for election vote concept in ballot box.
Closeup Hand holding ballot paper for election vote concept in ballot box.

A person’s name must be on the Register of Electors, which may need to be updated if the individual has never voted before, moved house or changed name since the last election.

Registration must be done online before 11.59pm on Tuesday, June 18, at: www.gov.uk/register-to-vote

People aged under 18 can register as long as they turn 18 by polling day.

Voters will be asked to show photo ID at polling stations, such as a passport, driving license, blue badge or an Older Person’s Bus Pass.

Those without an approved form of photo ID can apply for a Voter Authority Certificate by 5pm on Wednesday, June 26.

If unable to vote in person, an individual can apply for a postal vote either online or by filling in an application form by 5pm on Wednesday, June 19.

Alternatively, a person can designate someone as a proxy to vote on their behalf.

Online applications will need to be made by Wednesday, June 26, and a proxy will still need to bring ID.

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