Here's how to register to vote ahead of tonight's deadline

Next month, for the third time in five years, voters will head to the polls to vote in a general election.

Tuesday, 26th November 2019, 10:09 am

In order to vote in the upcoming election, those eligible must be registered to do so - here's everything you need to know.

How long will it take?

Registering is quick, taking around five minutes online.

Stock image from Electoral Commission.

When is the deadline for registering?

Applications must be received by 11:59pm tonight (Tuesday November 26).

Who is eligible?

To vote in a general election you must be over 18 on the day of the election and be a British, Irish or qualifying Commonwealth citizen.

You must also be a 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.

When you register you’ll be asked for your National Insurance number which can be be found on payslips, letters about benefits, tax returns, and other official correspondence.

However, you can still register if you do not have one.

Where do I register?

For more information and to register to vote visit www.gov.uk/register-to-vote.

How do I vote on the day?

You will receive a poll card through the post telling you which polling station to attend on the day of the election to cast your vote.

Are there any other ways to vote if I can't attend the polling station?

Yes, you can vote by proxy or by post.

The deadline to apply for a proxy vote - where someone else casts your vote for you - is 5pm on December 4.

You can find out more about how to apply, and download a form here.

The deadline to apply for a postal vote is 5pm today (Tuesday November 26).

You can find out more about how to apply, and download a form here.