The UK Parliament is elected at the UK general election. It is made up of two 'Houses' – the House of Commons and the House of Lords.
The House of Commons has 650 Members of Parliament (MPs). Each MP represents a part of the UK called a 'constituency' or 'seat'.
At a general election you have one vote to choose a candidate to represent your constituency in the House of Commons.
Who is eligible to vote?
To vote at the UK general election, you must be registered to vote and:
- be 18 years of age or over on polling day
- be a British, Irish or qualifying Commonwealth citizen
- be resident at an address in the UK (or a UK citizen living abroad who has been registered to vote in the UK in the last 15 years)
- not be legally excluded from voting.
Find out how you can vote if:
The following cannot vote in a UK Parliament election:
- Members of the House of Lords
- EU citizens (other than UK, Republic of Ireland, Cyprus and Malta) resident in the UK
- Anyone other than British, Irish and qualifying Commonwealth citizens
- Convicted persons detained in pursuance of their sentences, excluding contempt of court (though remand prisoners, unconvicted prisoners and civil prisoners can vote if they are on the electoral register)
- Anyone found guilty within the previous five years of corrupt or illegal practices in connection with an election
|UK Parliamentary general election||Date|
|Deadline to register to vote||26 November (Midnight)|
|Deadline to apply to vote by post or to make changes to an existing postal or proxy vote||26 November (5pm)|
|Deadline to apply to vote by proxy||4 December (5pm)|
|First date that electors can apply for replacements for lost postal votes||6 December|
|Polling day||12 December (Hours of Poll: 7am-10pm)|
|Declaration of result||13 December|
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