One week until voter registration deadline at May elections

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Voters have just one week left to register to vote before the deadline for the May elections. Anyone wanting to vote at the polls on 6 May must be registered by midnight on 19 April. 
Registration is quick and easy and can be done online at www.gov.uk/registertovote. 

In England, a person can register to vote in the May elections if they are aged 18 or over on polling day, and are: 
•    a British citizen resident in the UK
•    an Irish, EU or qualifying Commonwealth citizen resident in the UK 

In Scotland and Wales, a person can register to vote in the May elections if they are aged 16 or over on polling day, and are:
•    a British or Irish citizen
•    a Commonwealth citizen who has leave to remain in the UK, or does not require such leave
•    a citizen of a European Union country, resident in Scotland or Wales
•    a qualifying foreign citizen who has permission to enter or stay in the UK, or who does not need such permission 

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“This May voters across Great Britain will be going to the polls to have their say on issues that affect their day-to-day lives. You can’t vote in these elections unless you are registered to vote, which you can do online at www.gov.uk/registertovote.  


“It only takes five minutes to register– time that you might otherwise spend waiting for the kettle to boil or your dinner to cook. So if you want to make sure your voice is heard and you’re not already registered, go online and register now.”

Craig Westwood, Director of Communications, Policy and Research at the Electoral Commission

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The deadline for applying for a postal vote in England and Wales is 5pm on Tuesday 20 April. The deadline to apply for a postal vote in Scotland was on Tuesday 6 April. Voters across Great Britain have until 5pm on Tuesday 27 April to apply for a proxy vote. 

For information on elections in their area, how to register to vote, or how to apply to vote by post or by proxy, voters can visit www.electoralcommission.org.uk/voter. This page will continue to be updated ahead of the polls. 

Live data on voter registrations, including age and nation breakdowns, is available on the UK government website. 

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For more information contact the Electoral Commission press office on 020 7271 0704, out of office hours 07789 920 414 or press@electoralcommission.org.uk. On our website, you can find media handbooks on the various elections, and graphics and videos about voter registration and voting options that can be embedded in your articles, and used on websites and social media channels.

Notes to Editors

Elections taking place in England, Scotland and Wales on 6 May 2021:

  • Senedd elections
  • Scottish Parliament elections
  • English local government elections (includes polls postponed from May 2020), including elections to county, district and parish councils
  • Police and Crime Commissioners (polls postponed from May 2020)
  • Combined Authority Mayoral (includes polls postponed from May 2020)
  • Local Mayoral (includes polls postponed from May 2020)
  • Mayor of London and London Assembly (polls postponed from May 2020)

The Electoral Commission is the independent body which oversees elections and regulates political finance in the UK. We work to promote public confidence in the democratic process and ensure its integrity by:

  • enabling the delivery of free and fair elections and referendums, focusing on the needs of electors and addressing the changing environment to ensure every vote remains secure and accessible
  • regulating political finance – taking proactive steps to increase transparency, ensure compliance and pursue breaches
  • using our expertise to make and advocate for changes to our democracy, aiming to improve fairness, transparency and efficiency

The Commission was set up in 2000 and reports to the UK, Scottish and Welsh parliaments.