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UK parliamentary general election called

Following the announcement by the Prime Minister that a general election will take place on 4 July, Vijay Rangarajan, Chief Executive of the Electoral Commission, said:

“The electoral community will now be putting all its planning into action, working to support voters and delivering well-run polls. I’m very grateful to all involved for their crucial work supporting our democracy. 

“Voters need to be registered to take part in the election. Applying only takes five minutes at www.gov.uk/register-to-vote (Opens in new window) and must be done by 18 June. Voters can choose whether to vote at a polling station, by post or by proxy. 

“For the first time at a UK general election, those voting at a polling station will need to show photo ID. Voters should check now if they have an accepted form of ID, and if not to apply for free ID, called the Voter Authority Certificate (Opens in new window)

“It’s important that voters can hear from a range of voices over the coming weeks. We call on political parties, campaigners, volunteers and candidates to undertake their vital role responsibly and transparently so that voters can have confidence in the information they see and receive. Spending rules are in place to provide an even playing field, and we will be publishing information on donations to parties throughout the campaign for transparency.

“We also call on all campaigners to engage respectfully and constructively with opposing viewpoints. Campaigning can and should take place without anyone experiencing threats, abuse or intimidation.”

Key dates

Action Timeline
Deadline for registering to vote 23.59 Tuesday 18 June 
Deadline for applying for a postal vote 17.00 Wednesday 19 June 
Deadline for applying for a proxy vote 17.00 Wednesday 26 June 
Deadline for applying for a Voter Authority Certificate 17.00 Wednesday 26 June
Polling day 07.00 – 22.00 Thursday 4 July


The full election timetable can be found here (Opens in new window).

Information about voting at this election is available at www.electoralcommission.org.uk/i-am-a/voter

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 (Opens in new window)

Notes to Editors

  • Voters can apply to register to vote, for an absent vote, or a Voter Authority Certificate on gov.uk (Opens in new window) 
  • Voters can find details of their local election teams by searching their postcode on the Commission website 
  • 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, Welsh and Scottish parliaments.


Channel website: https://www.electoralcommission.org.uk

Original article link: https://www.electoralcommission.org.uk/media-centre/uk-parliamentary-general-election-called

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