MPs may have rejected calls for an early general election – but an autumn poll is widely expected. These are the key facts about being ready to vote.

Who can register to vote in a general election?

Anyone on the electoral register aged 18 or above on polling day has a vote. You have to be a British citizen, a qualifying Commonwealth citizen or a citizen of the Republic of Ireland. Although a date has not been set for a general election, you can register to vote at any time if you are 17 – or 15 in Scotland. You need to register at least 11 working days before an election.

How do I check if I am registered to vote?

You may already be registered. Contact your local

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