Time is running out if you haven't registered to vote yet for this year's General Election.

There are just hours left to sign up and make a difference to your lives, the lives of others and the whole country.

For many young people it will be the first opportunity to have their say on who runs the country.

The vote will be key for the younger generation as it will define what relationship the UK wants with the EU and rest of the world.

Even if you don't know which party you are going to vote for yet it's important that you register now.

For those of you who still need to register, here's all you need to know about what to do before you can cast your vote on Thursday June 8.

Are there any voting requirements?

To vote in the general election you must be:

  • 18 or over on the day of the election - otherwise known as polling day
  • A British, Irish or qualifying Commonwealth citizen
  • A resident at an address in the UK (or a British citizen living abroad who has been registered to vote in the UK in the last 15 years)
  • Not be legally excluded from voting

How do I register?

You can register to vote online here , you will be required to fill out a form, which takes around five minutes.

It’s sometimes possible to register at two different addresses - although you can only vote once in any election.

For example, if you’re a student with different home and term-time addresses, you may be able to register at both.

You will only need to register if you have changed address since the EU referendum or if you have never voted before.

If you were registered for the EU referendum you should still be registered now.

Do I have to vote in person?

If for some reason you are unable to place your vote in person there are a few other options available.

You can send your vote by post - but you need to register online to be eligible. To apply for a postal vote you will need to fill out a form beforehand. You will need to complete and send the form off by Tuesday, May 23.

Your voting ballot will then be sent to you which you can complete and return to your local electoral registration office.

You will need to fill the voting ballot out and return it 11 working days before election day.

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What is proxy voting?

This is when a ballot is cast on behalf of someone else.

Proxy voting is useful if you can't get to the voting station on the day of the election - for example if you're abroad, have a disability or you live overseas.

You can ask anyone to act as your proxy - as long as they’re registered to vote and they’re allowed to vote in the same type of election.

You can be a proxy for two people at the same election, or more if the extra people are close relatives.

Usually, you need to apply for a proxy vote at least six working days before election day.

Find the form and further details here .