General Election 2019



A general election is planned for the 12th of December 2019 so we have put together some information on voting. If you have any more questions please email

No matter who you vote for, your vote matters. No matter how disillusioned, tired or upset you are about the state of politics right now, your vote matters. Use your voice, don’t waste your vote.


Important information

You can register to vote online at You must be registered to vote by 26th November for the general election.

Students can register to vote both at their home address and their term-time address. If you don’t know where you will be on the 12th December, make sure you are registered at both addresses. You will only be able to vote once. This means you must choose if you want to vote at your home address or at your term-time address. Alternatively, you can apply for postal vote or vote by proxy – more info on this is below.

If you live in QMU Halls, your polling station is the Musselburgh Rugby Club. Someone from the SU will walk to the polling station at 12pm and 5pm on 12th December so if you want to join let us know at





Can I vote in the general election?

To vote in the General Election you must:

  • be registered to vote
  • be 18 or over on the day of the election (‘polling day’)
  • be a British, Irish or qualifying Commonwealth citizen (a list can be found here)
  • be 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)
  • not be legally excluded from voting

You can only vote if you are registered to vote. You can register to vote if:

  • aged 16 or over (or 14 or over in Scotland)


  • a UK citizen (or an Irish, EU or Commonwealth citizen with a permanent UK address)

Citizens of the European Union can register and vote in local elections only. They cannot vote in the UK general election.


How do I register to vote?

You can apply to register online at

It only takes 5 minutes. Your National Insurance Number may be required during the registration process.

Alternatively, you can apply by filling in a form ( and returning it to your local Electoral Registration Officer (ERO) which you can find here

The deadline for registration applications is 26th November 2019.


I don’t know if I’m registered to vote already. How do I check?

Contact your local Electoral Registration Office (ERO). If you live in QMU Halls or in the Lothian area, you can check by phoning the Electoral Registration Office’s general enquiry helpline on (0131) 344-2500. Alternatively, you can find your local ERO here.


I registered to vote a while ago but I’ve changed my address. Do I need to register again?

You will only need to change your details. To do it online, go to and follow the instructions. Alternatively, contact your local ERO.


How do I vote?

You can vote in person, by post or by proxy. For full information on how to vote, please visit


To vote in person, show up at your local polling station, which you can find on your poll card or here.

Polling stations are open from 7am until 10pm on polling day. They can get very busy, particularly towards the end of the day.

Take your poll card with you and remember to read the instructions on the ballot paper carefully.


To vote by post, you need to download, print and fill in the postal vote application form.

You can find the application form here.

You must return the completed form to your local ERO by post. They also may accept a copy of a scanned form by email but you should check with them.

If you have applied to vote by post, you will receive your ballot papers before the election - sometimes this may arrive less than a week before the election.


Proxy voting means that if you aren't able to cast your vote in person, you can have someone you trust cast your vote for you. They must go to your polling station to cast your vote.

To apply for proxy vote, you must download, print and fill in this form.

Someone can be your proxy if they are:

  • 18 or over (in Scotland, they can be 16 or over and cast your vote at Scottish Parliamentary and local government elections)
  • registered to vote
  • able to get to your polling station on polling day
  • eligible to vote in the election

Your proxy does not have to be related to you.


If you have any more questions, please email


Registered address: The Students' Union, Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh, EH21 6UU              

Telephone: 0131 474 0000