General Election 2017

1. Eligibility

Visit Your Vote Matters to check if you can vote in the General Election.

You can vote if you are:

  • 18 or over on the 8 June 
  • a British, Irish or Commonwealth citizen 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)
The Electoral Commission advises British citizens living overseas to apply for a proxy vote if they aren't sure whether there is enough time for a postal vote to be sent to them and returned to the UK by polling day.

2. How to register

It’s too late to register to vote in the General Election on 8 June 2017. You can still register for future elections at GOV.UK.


3. Vote in person, or by post or proxy

Vote in person

You’ll receive a poll card at the address where you’re registered, which will tell you where to vote. Don’t worry if you lose it, you don’t need it to vote - the card is for information purposes only and you can contact our electoral services team to find out where your polling station is.   

Vote by post or by proxy

If you’re travelling, or unable to get to your polling station on 8 June there are other options. As long as you’re registered or have made an application to register, you can apply for a postal vote or a proxy vote (where someone you trust votes on your behalf). You can ask anyone to act as your proxy - as long as they’re registered to vote and they’re eligible to vote in the General Election.

If you need a postal or proxy vote, go to Your Vote Matters to download a form. If you would prefer a paper application please contact electoral services on 020 7641 7500 to request a paper copy. You must be registered to vote before applying for a postal or proxy vote.


Postal vote application deadline: 5pm, Tuesday 23 May

Proxy vote application deadline: 5pm, Wednesday 31 May

Postal Ballot Papers Dispatch Dates

If you applied to vote by post in the upcoming General Election on 8th June, your postal ballot paper will be dispatched on one of the following dates:

  • Thursday 18 May dispatch date – if your postal vote was already in place or your postal vote application was received by Friday 28 April
  • Tuesday 30 May dispatch date – if your postal vote application was received between Saturday 29 April and the postal vote application deadline of 5pm on Tuesday 23 May  

Please note that if you have a postal vote in place and wish to apply for a proxy vote instead, your completed proxy application form must be received by Electoral Services by 5pm on Tuesday 23 May which is the deadline for postal vote cancellations/applications/amendments.

4. Poll cards

If you are on the electoral register, you will receive a poll card in May.

You should expect to receive your poll card from Westminster City Council from 3 May onwards. If you don't receive a poll card, you may not be on the electoral register.  Let us know if you haven't received a poll card.

Taking your poll card with you when you vote makes it easier and quicker for polling staff to find you on the electoral register. If you lose your poll card, you don’t need it to vote. Contact electoral services to find your polling station.

If you receive a poll card but are unable to go to your polling station on 8 June, you can apply for a postal or proxy vote.

If you have a  postal vote in place, you will receive a postal poll card from the council.

6. Polling Station Finder

Polling Station Finder 

Last updated: 30 January 2018