Britain is holding a snap general election -- here's how to register to vote

LONDON — Britain is going to the polls.

On Tuesday, UK Prime Minister Theresa May made the surprise announcement that she intends to hold a General Election on June 8.

With Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn backing the plan, the call for an election looks certain to pass a vote in Parliament on Wednesday — meaning Britain is about to face its second General Election in two years.

It’s a hugely important election, coming at a crucial time for the country. Britain is gearing up to leave the European Union, and May argues that the vote is needed to unify the country and secure the support required for her to carry out her vision for Brexit. Meanwhile, the Labour Party is floundering and divided, while the Lib Dems are hoping to stage a comeback with an unambiguous opposition to Brexit.

So if you want a say in the future of Britain, it’s vitally important you register to vote.

How do you register?

It’s dead simple to do online. Head on over to the UK government’s “Register to vote” website, where it takes you through all the steps in a straight-forward fashion. (To be eligible to vote, you need to be a British citizen over 18 years old.)

It will ask you for your full legal name, your address (and details of recent previous addresses), date of birth, National Insurance number (e.g. QQ123456C; you can find it on payslips or tax/benefits/pensions letters), and nationality.

Theresa MayBBCPrime Minister Theresa May, announcing the snap referendum.

It will also ask for contact details, whether you want a postal vote or to vote in person, and whether you want your details included on the open register — an extract of the electoral access that companies and organisations can pay for access to.

Once you’ve entered all that, you can submit it online, and you’re done! You can also register to vote by post, using forms that you can download here.

And make sure you do it sooner than later, because the deadline to register to vote normally comes several weeks before the election actually occurs. (That deadline was extended by two days ahead of 2016’s election on leaving the EU because the weight of people trying to register at the last minute crashed the website.)

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