Local elections 2018: How do I register to vote? When is the deadline?

People across the UK have just days left to register to vote ahead of the 2018 local elections.

Voters who wish to submit their ballots and have their say in the poll only have until Tuesday, April 17 to register.

The local elections will take place on Thursday May 3, with more than 4,300 council seats come up for grabs

Here’s what you need to know about registering to vote.

Who is eligible to vote?

To vote in a local election you must be:

  • Registered to vote
  • 18 or over on the day of the election in England, Northern Ireland and Wales, or 16 or over in Scotland
  • A British, Irish, Commonwealth or European Union citizen living in the UK
  • If you live at two addresses in separate electoral areas, you may vote twice, once in each

How do I find out if I’m already registered?

To check you are registered to vote, you will need to contact your local electoral registration office. You can find their details here.

If you haven’t moved address since the last year’s General Election, you do not need to register again.

How do I register to vote?

You can register to vote online at gov.uk/register-to-vote.

You will be asked to fill out your name, address, National Insurance number and whether you want a postal vote. You may also need your passport.

The form can be completed in less than five minutes.

When should I expect to receive my polling card?

Once you are registered, your local authority will send you a polling card prior to the election telling you where and when to vote.

What happens if I don’t receive my polling card or I lose it?

If you haven’t received your polling card, you should contact your local electoral registration office. This can be found here.

You can still vote if you’ve lost your card.

How do I apply for a postal vote?

You need to download and fill out a form from and send it to your local Electoral Registration Office. You can download a form here.

If you want to vote by post you must apply to do so by Wednesday, April 18 at 5pm.

Voting in person on Election Day

Polling stations are open from 7am to 10pm on the day of the election are usually located in public buildings like schools or local halls.

When you get to the polling station, give your name and address to the staff when you arrive. You don’t have to have your polling card with you.

You’ll be given a ballot paper containing a list of the people, parties or the options you can vote for.

You must fill the ballot paper out in secret inside a polling booth before putting it in the ballot box.

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