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02/02/2015 07:41 GMT | Updated 15/04/2015 12:59 BST

When Is The General Election And How Do I Vote?

When Is The General Election? The all important poll will take place in the United Kingdom on Thursday 7 May 2015.

Polling booths will be open between 7am and 10pm and votes will be counted once the polls close. Your council will send you a poll card just before the election telling you where and when to vote.

In order to vote in the UK elections you must be registered. You may register to vote if you are 16 years old or over (although you cannot vote until you are aged 18), a British citizen, or an Irish, Commonwealth or European Union citizen who is resident in the UK.

Thursday 5 February is National Voter Registration Day 2015

To register online in England, Scotland and Wales, you can fill out simple forms here.

These are the UK's five main political parties:

To register by post, print off this form and send it to your local Electoral Registration Office.

If you prefer, you can contact your local Electoral Registration Office and ask them to post a form to you.

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To register in Northern Ireland, print off and complete an Electoral Registration Form and return it to your Area Electoral Office.

If you are a British citizen living abroad, you can apply to be an overseas voter, if you are a member of the armed forces or the spouse or civil partner of someone in the armed forces you can register as a service voter here.

If you will be away on polling day, you can apply to vote by post or by proxy.

To check if you are already registered, contact your Electoral Registration Officer by entering your postcode on this website.

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