The election: what do to when
Here’s a handy checklist for making sure you’ve got the basics under control.
Before May 22
Register to vote, or check that you are already registered.
- Register online — you can also use this link to update your details, eg if you’ve moved house since you last registered.
- Check whether you’ve registered before.
Before May 23
- If you would prefer not to vote in person, apply for a postal vote.
Before May 31
- Or if you fit the criteria for having someone else vote on your behalf, you can set up a vote by proxy.
Before June 8
Find out who’s standing in your area
Input your postcode on WhoCanIVoteFor.co.uk.
Find out more about them
- Check the party manifestos, including the Conservative Party, the Labour Party, the Liberal Democrats, UKIP and the Green Party.
- If you prefer an easy-read version of the manifestos, check Every Vote Counts.
- Also check candidates’ own websites, social media, and (if they’ve been an MP before) TheyWorkForYou.
Make sure you know where your polling station is
It’s written on your polling card, or you can use WhereDoIVote.co.uk.
On June 8
And make sure all your friends and family do, too.
After June 9
Hold your MP to account
You have an MP again! Don’t forget to make sure they’re doing a good job on your behalf.
Questions about the election?
We’ve got you covered. Read our handy guides:
Why, who, what and how? Why the flip are we having an election now, and what does it all mean?
How do I know who to vote for? You don’t have to be an expert: here’s the easy way of making sure you’re voting for the right candidate
What happens when I vote? A step-by-step guide to the mysterious happenings within the polling booth