The general election takes place on 8 June 2017.

Registering to vote is required by law and everyone is responsible for registering themselves.

Parliamentary Election – 8 June 2017

The deadline to register to vote is midnight, Monday 22 May 2017. You can register to vote here.

The deadline to apply for, cancel or make changes to a postal and postal proxy vote is 5pm, Tuesday 23 May 2017. The deadline to apply for a proxy vote is 5pm, Wednesday 31 May 2017.

If you would like to apply for a postal or proxy vote, you can download a postal or proxy vote application form.

If you have submitted an application to vote by post or by proxy, your application has been received and will be processed.

If you were registered to vote before Monday 24 April, your poll card should arrive around Monday 8 May. If you registered to vote after this date, your poll card will be sent after Monday 22 May. You do not need your poll card to vote at your polling station.

If your enquiry is urgent or if you think you may not be registered to vote, please call the Lambeth Electoral Services helpline on 020 7926 2254 as soon as possible.

If your postal vote was set up before Thursday 27 April, your postal vote will be dispatched on Saturday 20 May. If your postal vote was set up on or after this date, it will be dispatched on Tuesday 30 May.

Further Information

What should I do if I wish to OPT OUT of the OPEN REGISTER:

  • There are 2 versions of the electoral register – the full register and the open register.
  • All people registered to vote must appear on the full register. This register is used for elections and for credit reference purposes.
  • The Open Register is available for all individuals and companies to purchase and is a public document. All people registered to vote have the right to opt out of the open register.
  • Write to us at Lambeth Electoral Services, Olive Morris House, 18 Brixton Hill, London, SW2 1RL or email electoralservices@lambeth.gov.uk.
  • We will comply with your request and update the register on the next publication date.

There are people living at my address who are not registered:

  • They should visit www.gov.uk/registertovote and follow the onscreen instructions for each individual to register to vote. This is the simplest, clearest and fastest way to register.

There are people registered at my address who no longer live here:

  • Send an email to Electoral Services confirming your name and address, along with the names of the individuals who have moved out (and their forwarding addresses, if known).
  • As part of the removal process, letters will be sent to all those who should be deleted confirming that their entry is being removed.

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1. General election 2017

A general election will take place on Thursday 8 June 2017

Only British, Irish and Commonwealth citizens who are registered to vote in the UK can vote in the election. Citizens of other EU countries can't vote in this election.

The deadline to register to vote in the General election on Thursday 8 June has now passed.

The deadline to apply for, amend or cancel a postal vote has now passed. If you would like to apply for a proxy vote, the deadline is 5pm, Wednesday 31 May.

Key Dates for the general election

Event Date
Deadline for voter registration applications Monday 22 May
Deadline for new and changes to existing postal vote and postal proxy applications 5pm on Tuesday 23 May
Deadline for new proxy voting applications (not postal proxy or emergency proxies) 5pm on Wednesday 31 May
First date that electors can apply for a replacement for lost postal votes Friday 2 June
Polling Day 7am to 10pm on Thursday 8 June
Last time for re-issue of spoilt or lost postal votes 5pm on Thursday 8 June
Deadline for emergency proxy applications 5pm on Thursday 8 June

3. Register to vote

You must be on the electoral register to be able to vote. You can add your name to the register online at the voter registration website. To check whether you’re registered to vote contact electoral services.

Can anyone register to vote in Lambeth?

No. Only the following people can register to vote:

  • British or qualifying Commonwealth citizens. This means Commonwealth citizens who have leave to remain in the UK or do not require such leave.
  • Citizens of the Republic of Ireland or other European Union (EU) member states.

You must be over 18 years old to vote. However, you can register if you are 16 or 17. Your name will be shown with the date of your eighteenth birthday, after which you will be able to vote in elections in the borough.

How long does registration take?

Once you complete the application to register to vote we will send the details to central government for verification. When your details are verified we will be able to confirm your entry on the register.

Your details will be officially published on the register according to the determination date (see below). The register is updated on the first working day of each month.

See deadlines to submit an application, and for the application to be determined, on the table below. If your application is verified by the determination date, your details will officially appear on the register on the relevant new published register date.

Once your details are officially published on the register you will receive a confirmation letter.

2017 registration deadlines

Deadline for new applications Date Register Updated
Wednesday 23 November 2016 Tuesday 1 December 2016
Monday 12 December 2016 Tuesday 3 January 2017
Tuesday 10 January 2017 Wednesday 1 February 2017
Tuesday 7 February 2017 Wednesday 1 March 2017
Friday 10 March 2017 Monday 3 April 2017
Thursday 6 April 2017 Tuesday 2 May 2017
Wednesday 10 May 2017 Thursday 1 June 2017
Friday 9 June 2017 Monday 3 July 2017
Monday 10 July 2017 Tuesday 1 August 2017
Thursday 10 August 2017 Friday 1 September 2017
Thursday 23 November 2017 Friday 1 December 2017

4. Voting by post or by proxy (someone else voting on your behalf)

The current rules to prevent fraud and misuse of postal votes mean we have to collect a specimen signature and a personal identifier from each person applying for a postal vote. The personal identifier is your date of birth.

This information must be supplied on an official postal vote application form and will be used to match and verify your returned postal vote at election time.

If you are unable to vote in person, you can also apply to vote by proxy (someone else voting on your behalf).

You can download the application forms to vote by post or proxy from the link below. If you would prefer an application form to be posted to you please contact the electoral services team directly by email or telephone.

5. The electoral register

The electoral register is the list of everyone in the borough who is registered to vote. You can only vote if your name is on the register. We update the register every autumn through our annual canvass - the 2017 register was published on 1 December 2016.

If you move within Lambeth or to Lambeth from another area you will also need to complete a new registration.

We do not use records from other council departments to update the register (though we may use that information to contact you and invite you to register). For example, you may be registered for council tax but this does not automatically put you on the register of electors.

Our electoral registration officer must keep two versions of the electoral register: the Full Register and the Open Register.

Full Register

The Full Register lists everyone who is entitled to vote.

By law, only certain people and organisations can have copies of the full register and they can only use it for specified purposes. These include electoral purposes, the prevention and detection of crime and checking your identity when you have applied for credit.

The full list of these persons and purposes is given in the Representation of the People (England and Wales) (Amendment) Regulations 2002. It is a criminal offence for them to pass the Full Register on or use it for any other purpose.

You can check this register by visiting the Electoral Services office in Lambeth Town Hall

Olive Morris House
18 Brixton Hill
London SW2 1RL

Open register

The open register is an extract of the electoral register, but is not used for elections. It can be bought by any person, company or organisation. For example, it is used by businesses and charities to confirm name and address details. Your name and address will be included in the open register unless you ask for them to be removed. Removing your details from the open register does not affect your right to vote.

Find more information about both registers and how they may be used

You can permanently opt out of the open register by completing our online form.

Changes to electoral registration in Britain

From 10 June 2014 new rules came in to force regarding registering to vote.

Under the new Individual Electoral Registration (IER) rules you will need to provide identifying information, such as your date of birth and national insurance number, when applying to register and your application will need to be verified before you are added to the register. Anyone unable to supply this information would be able to provide an alternative form of evidence of their identity.

6. Results

See results to elections held in Lambeth, including local, European, Greater London and general elections.

7. Petition for mayoral referendum

The law states that a petition containing the signatures of more than 5 per cent of the local government electorate can require the local authority to hold a referendum on whether or not the council should have a directly elected mayor. That currently equates to 10,633 signatures.

Petition for Elected Mayor Notice 2016

8. Get in touch

Electoral Services
Olive Morris House
18 Brixton Hill
London SW2 1RL
Telephone: 020 7926 2254
Email: electoralservices@lambeth.gov.uk