Three deadlines are looming for people in Swindon who might want to vote in the General Election.

Only those who are on the electoral register will be able to have their say when the country chooses a new government, and Prime Minister on July 4.

Those who voted in the recent local elections should still be on the register.

But for those who aren’t registered, there are three very important dates.

To vote at all, you must be registered by the end of June 18.

The easiest way to do that is to go to, where the process takes about five minutes.

For those people who want to vote by post, the deadline to apply for a postal vote is 5pm on Wednesday June 19.

This can be done online at

To allow someone to vote on your behalf, a proxy vote, and application must be made by Wednesday June 26 at

Everyone voting in person at a polling station or going there to cast a proxy vote for someone else will have to take with them, and show, an agreed form of picture identification.

The main forms will be a passport, driving licence photocard, proof of age card or older person’s travel pass.

There is the full list of acceptable forms of ID on

For those without any, a voter authority certificate will be issued free of charge, but you must apply by 5pm on June 26 at

Polling stations will open at 7am 9 on July 4 and close at 10pm.

It is expected that the votes in Swindon will be counted overnight.