Join me in spoiling your ballot

In this historic first winter election since 1923, here’s how to get ready for election day come December 12.

What must you do before election day?

The deadline to register to vote in the December 12 election is midnight on Tuesday November 26. Registering to vote takes under five minutes and can be done following this link. You will be asked for your National Insurance number, but you can still register without it. Anyone 18 or over and a registered UK citizen is eligible to vote.

If you are going to be away from home on election day, you are still able to vote via a postal vote or a proxy vote.

The deadline for registering for postal voting is 5pm on Tuesday November 26. Around 10 days before the election you will receive your ballot paper, a ballot paper envelope, a postal voting statement and a return envelope.

A proxy vote means that someone close to you votes on your behalf. To apply for a proxy vote you must have a valid reason for applying, such as working away from home, studying at university or being infirm.

Your proxy voter will be mailed your ballot paper and a corresponding letter. They will hand in your ballot paper on election day, as well as their own.

Where will I vote on election day?

Polling stations are open from 7am to 10pm and Nottingham residents can find their polling stations by inserting their postcode on this website:

Calling all Nottingham students……

December 12 is in the final week of term so some university students may have already travelled back home.

Students should ensure they have registered to vote at both their university and home address. They should remember, though, that despite being able to register in two constituencies, they can only vote in one or they may incur a fine of up to £5,000.