Do I need to register to vote for every election? Rules explained ahead of deadline

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The UK's general election 2024 is just over one month away, with voting due to take place on July 4.

And whether you know who will be getting your vote, or still are yet to make a decision, one of the most important things to remember is to make sure you are registered - or you won't be able to vote at all.

The deadline for doing this is on June 18, so still a couple of weeks away. However, getting it done as soon as possible means there's less risk of missing this deadline and being unable to head out to the polling station.

The rules surrounding registering to vote can be confusing, as you may not know if you need to do this for every election - or if one registration is all it takes.

Here's an explanation of this rule, and how to know if you have to register for the general election 2024.

Do I need to register to vote for every election?

According to the government website, you normally only need to register once. That means if you've voted in the past then you're already on the electoral register and shouldn't need to go through the process again.

However, there are certain instances where you will need to register again. These are:

  • if you've changed your name

  • if you have moved

  • if your nationality has changed

How to register to vote

If any of the above circumstances have changed for you since the last time you voted, or if you simply have never registered before, then you'll need to do this before the deadline of June 18.

The simplest way is registering online, which should only take around five minutes. You'll need to have some details handy such as your address and your national insurance number, or other identifying documents such as your passport.

After you've registered, your local electoral registration office will review your application and get in touch if they need any more details. If you can't vote online for any reason, you can register using a paper form instead.

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