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Plan ahead for the general election

Published on Wednesday, 6th November 2019

All you need to know about taking part in the general election on 12 December.

The deadlines for this are tight and all eligible residents will need to be registered by Tuesday 26 November to be able to vote in this election.

At a general election you have one vote to choose a candidate to represent your constituency in the House of Commons.

There are two MPs with constituencies in Norwich:

  • Norwich North
  • Norwich South

Norwich North constituency is shared with Broadland District Council. You will be able to find further details about the election, notices and candidates on the Broadland District Council website.

Who can vote?

To vote in this general election you must be:

  • registered to vote by Tuesday 26 November
  • 18 or over on the day of the election
  • a British, Irish or qualifying Commonwealth citizen
  • resident at an address in the UK (or a British citizen living abroad who has been registered to vote in the UK in the last 15 years)

Register to vote by 26 November

If you are not already registered to vote, you need register by midnight on Tuesday 26 November at www.gov.uk/registertovote

It only takes a few minutes to do and you will need your National Insurance number which can be found on your payslip or letters about benefits or tax.

Plan ahead if you won't be able to get to your polling station

If you know that you will be unable to get to your polling station on 12 December, you will need to apply for a postal or proxy vote in advance.

  • Apply for a postal vote by 5pm Tuesday 26 November
  • Apply for a proxy vote (somebody to vote on your behalf) by 5pm Wednesday 4 December

Key deadlines

  • Tuesday 26 November: Last day to register to vote
  • Tuesday 26 November (5pm): Last day for us to receive your postal vote application
  • Wednesday 4 December (5pm): Last day for us to receive your proxy vote application
  • Thursday 12 December: Election day

For more information, or to find out if you are registered to vote.