Are you ready for the General Election?

Release Date: 08 May 2017

With a general election scheduled for Thursday 8 June, the borough’s electoral services team are ready to make sure everyone who is entitled to vote or intends to stand for Parliament is able to do so.

People wishing to stand in the election must submit their nominations to the Acting Returning Officer by 4pm on Thursday 11 May.

A full list of candidates will be formally published once this deadline has passed. Residents who are not already on the electoral register must register by midnight on Monday 22 May.

People who receive and pay council tax bills are not automatically included on the register.

People can check if their name appears on the register by completing this online form.

Residents who are registered and would like a postal vote are being advised that they must submit their applications by 5pm on Tuesday 23 May. People who are already permanently registered for a postal vote will not need to apply again. British citizens, along with citizens of qualifying Commonwealth countries, the Republic of Ireland and British Overseas Territories are all eligible to vote in this election. In addition those British citizens who live overseas and are registered as overseas electors will be able to vote.

Ahead of polling day all registered voters will receive a polling card showing them the location of their polling station. The cards are not actually required to vote. If they are lost or mislaid people will be able to find where their local polling station is in the days running up to the election by keying in their full postcode.

On 8 June polling stations will be open between 7am and 10pm. The counting of votes for the borough’s two Parliamentary constituencies of Richmond Park and Twickenham will commence that night, with the results expected to be announced in the early hours of 9 June.

For more information about the electoral process and how to register to vote or apply for a postal or proxy vote, please visit our elections page.

Notes for editors

If you are a journalist and would like further information about this press release, contact Elinor Firth on 020 8487 5159.

Reference: P204/17

Updated: 21 June 2017