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How to register to vote in the general election

"I love deadlines. I like the whooshing sound they make as they fly by," the author Douglas Adams famously said.

The deadline to register to vote in the next general election is midnight tonight, but a significant number of people have still not signed up.

7m
people have not yet registered to vote
30%
of under 35s have not yet registered to vote

How can I register to vote?

You will need to register to vote online at https://www.gov.uk/register-to-vote.

You may need the following pieces of information:

  • your National Insurance number
  • your passport if you’re a British citizen living abroad

The general election will be held on Thursday 8 June 2017.

If you are unable to vote in person, you can apply by postal vote or nominate someone to vote on your behalf.

The University of East Anglia are encouraging students to vote. Credit: ITV News Anglia

Getting out the youth vote is a particular priority.

The University of East Anglia have been trying to encourage students to take part.

"When students and young people don't vote, it's quite problematic for our democracy."

– Amy Rust, Campaigns and democracy officer, UEA Students Union

The campaign Operation Black Vote is designed to encourage people from ethnic minorities to take part in the election.

Meanwhile, a pub in Norwich has taken a more unusual approach... by offering a free pint to anyone who registers to vote before the deadline.

"I think it's really important that people that people use the vote that they have and express their voice.

"We're not a political organisation, but we're a trusted community business, and because we're talking about it, people are pricking up their ears and thinking maybe it is worth something."

– BENJAMIN THOMPSON, LANDLORD, THE PLASTERERS ARMS
The offer is designed as an incentive to get more people to register to vote. Credit: ITV News Anglia

It is the job of returning officer Kersten England to announce the winning MP. She is encouraging everyone to vote.

"Whatever you do don't miss this opportunity don't miss this opportunity to have a say about the future of our country.

"People fought and died for the vote in this country not so long ago."

– Kersten England, returning officer
The election will take place on Thursday 8 June 2017. Credit: ITV News Anglia

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