How to? Registration and Voting in the General Elections


Step 1. Who is eligible to vote in the 2015 General Election?

  • be 18 years of age or over on polling day
  • be a British citizen, a qualifying Commonwealth citizen or a citizen of the Republic of Ireland 'Commonwealth citizen' includes citizens of British Crown Dependencies(Isle of Man, The Channel Islands (including Jersey, Guernsey, Sark, Alderney, Herm and the other inhabited Channel Islands)and British Overseas Territories (Anguilla, Bermuda ,British Antarctic Territory, British Indian Ocean,Territory,British Virgin Islands,Cayman Islands,Falkland Islands,Gibraltar,Montserrat,Pitcairn Island And St Helena (and dependencies, Ascension Island and Tristan da Cunha)South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands,Sovereign base areas on Cyprus,Turks and Caicos Islands)
  • Persons of dual nationality, who will specify the UK as they choice of voting country
  • not legally excluded from voting (eg because you’re in prison)
  • but excluding British protected persons
  • Including Fiji, Zimbabwe and the whole of Cyprus


Step 2. How to register?

  • Most electors are enrolled during the course of the annual canvass, which Electoral Registration Officers are obliged to conduct every year between August and November. Canvass forms are sent to all households, and must be returned, otherwise a fine of £1000 can be imposed. One person in the household must confirm the details of all residents who are existing electors, which includes adding or deleting residents who have moved in or out and are eligible to register to vote.
  • Although no proof of identity or address is necessary when submitting an application, the Electoral Registration Officer can require the applicant to provide further information regarding the applicant's age, nationality, residence and whether or not they are disqualified and/or evidence to prove the applicant's age and/or nationality. Application forms can be returned to the local Electoral Registration Officer by post, by fax or by e-mail as a scanned attachment
  • Register online at :
  • At our Voting Registration Station (upstairs in the SU, from December to March)
  • For more information and help on registering to vote please visit here.


Step 3. How and where to vote? Types of voting

  • Person - Polling stations are usually open from 7am to 10pm on polling day. Voters receive a poll card from the returning officer at their local authority with details of their allocated polling place. They are not required to show the poll card (unless they are an anonymous elector) or any other form of identification at the polling place in order to vote, except in Northern Ireland, where one piece of photographic ID must be presented at the polling station - a NI Electoral Identity Card, a photographic NI or GB driving licence, a United Kingdom or other EU passport, a Translink 60+ SmartPass, a Translink Senior SmartPass, a Translink Blind Person's SmartPass or a Translink War Disabled SmartPass 

There are usually at least two polling stations on campus, one for students who live in Egham and surrounding area, and one for students who live in Engelfield Green and surrounding area

  • Post - Voters can apply to receive a postal ballot either for specific elections or on a permanent basis until further notice without having to give a reason (except in Northern Ireland, where voters have to give a specific reason explaining why they cannot physically attend their allocated polling station). Applications for postal ballots close at 5pm 11 working days before polling day - this is also the earliest time the returning officer can despatch postal ballot packs. Postal ballots can be sent anywhere within and outside the United Kingdom, although if they are not sent to a voter's registered address, a reason must be provided to the Electoral Registration Officer as to why the postal ballot is to be sent to an alternative address.
  • Proxy - any person who is eligible to vote(he/she does not necessarily have to be on the Electoral Register already) can be appointed by another voter as his/her proxy, but for the proxy to be able to vote in an election the proxy application must be received by the Electoral Registration Officer at the voter's local authority by 5pm 6 working days before polling day. The proxy can either vote in person, or can apply for a postal proxy vote (though a postal proxy vote applicaion has an even earlier deadline - any such request must be received by the Electoral Registration Officer by 5pm 11 working days before polling day at the latest). A voter who has become ill or disabled after 5pm six working days before polling day can make an emergency application to vote by proxy as long as the application is received by the Electoral Registration Officer by 5pm on polling day. Unless a close relative, a person can only vote as a proxy on behalf of a maximum of 2 other voters in any single election in each constituency/ward. When applying to vote by proxy for more than one particular election, the application must be accompanied by a relevant attestation and must be justified based on one of the following reasons: blindness; other disability; employment; on an education course; registered as a service, overseas or anonymous elector. If only applying to vote by proxy for one particular election, the elector only needs to explain why he/she cannot vote in person, but does not need an attestation.]If it is only possible to get to the polling station from the registered address by air or by sea, the elector can apply for a permanent proxy vote without an attestation


Step 4. Why to vote?

There's a website dedicated to getting young people to vote in the upcoming General Election, check it all out here: