A new electoral registration system called Individual Electoral Registration (IER) was brought in recently. This means:
To register to vote, you must:
Other groups can register to vote in special circumstances:
The deadline to register to vote in the general election is Monday 20 April.
You need to be included on the electoral register in order to vote.
There are some people who are entitled to be registered, but won't be entitled to vote at the general election. For example, while you can register to vote before you turn 18, you have to be 18 or older on election day in order to vote.
In order to vote at the UK general election you also have to be British, Irish or a national of a Commonwealth country. EU nationals (other than those who are British, Irish or Commonwealth) cannot vote at UK Parliamentary elections, but they can register to vote at local and certain other elections.
To vote in the UK general election you must register by midnight on Monday 20 April. You will get a polling card with more information in April if you are entitled to vote.
Everyone who is registered to vote is listed on the electoral register.
The Electoral Registration Officer keeps an electoral register and an open register (also known as the edited register) using information provided by the public.