A General Election has been called for 12th December, so there isn’t much time to waste in getting ready for it.

Check the General Election Key Dates below to make sure you get all your arrangements made in good time.

The first essential question is Are You Registerd to Vote ? If yes, are your registration details correct and up-to-date? If you are a UK citizen living abroad you can still register to vote if you haven’t been away for more than 15 years. You need to do this NOW!

For most of our members the next decision is between Voting by Proxy or by Post as they won’t be able to vote in person. We recommend proxy voting because the post is likely to be too slow to most foreign countries.

The key dates for this election are:

6 November – Parliament is dissolved and campaigning formally starts. All monies raised and spent from this date are covered by the election expenses rules.

14 November – deadline for candidates to lodge their nominations

18 November – probable launch date for manifestos. This is not a fixed requirement and is at present a best guess.

26 November – deadline to register to vote

12 December – postal votes must be received by no later than 10 pm UK time on this date. They can also be handed in at the appropriate polling station.

12 December – If you have nominated a proxy they will cast your vote

12 December General Election – polls are open from 7 am to 10 pm UK time.

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