General Election 2019: Everything You Need to Know

Dec 6, 2019

The saying goes, “third time’s a charm”, and that’s what the country will be hoping as it goes to the polls for the third time in four years. Each party has set our their manifesto, with a myriad of topics – Brexit, the housing market, law enforcement, taxes and education – on the agenda. 

As a homeowner or someone looking to get your foot on the property ladder, this election will likely pique your interest. Each party has had their say on the future of the UK housing market, and now you have the opportunity to back the political party you agree with – mostly. 

But when exactly is the election, and how can you vote? If you have any lingering questions about the first wintertime election in 96 years, worry not. We’re here to tell you everything you need to know about the UK general election.

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When is the general election? 

The UK is set to go to the polls for the 2019 general election on Thursday, December 12, which means you might want to put on  a scarf and a pair of gloves before voting. It’s the first wintertime election since 1923, with other elections at this time of year happening in 1910 and 1918. Santa Claus is not happy! 

How can I vote? 

There are two primary ways to vote: either by postal vote (after all, who wants to leave their house in the cold?) or by heading to your local polling station. If you haven’t pre-registered for a postal vote already, you will need to head to a polling station. Most local councils will have sent details about the location of local polling stations, but you can check for yourself here.

When do polling stations open and close, and who is standing in my constituency? 

Polling stations are open between 7am and 10pm, so there should be enough time to pop in before or after work to cast your vote. 

If you’re not sure who is running for election in your local area, you can find out by visiting the Who Can I vote for Website, which has a detailed breakdown of each MP running for election.

Who should I vote for? 

Here at emoov, we’re politically neutral, but it’s important that you have your say. If you’re planning to vote but are still unsure about who to side with, this breakdown of each manifesto will give you a clearer idea on each party’s political agenda.

I’ve heard the term ‘tactical voting’. What does it mean?

Tactical voting has been a big talking point of this general election, with several websites popping up explaining how you should vote if you have a particular stance on a party or Brexit.

As we have a neutral position, we wouldn’t want to point you in the direction of any particular tactical voting. But you can find out more here.

When will the results be out? 

The UK will start to get a rough indication of who won the election around midnight on Friday, December 13, with the official result coming out at some point during the day. 

Should I vote?

In order to vote, you need to be registered. The deadline for registering to vote was on November 26. We can’t tell you to vote, and ultimately it comes down to whether you agree with any of the parties enough to back one of them. Non-voters typically account for more than the people who actually vote for a party. But if you prefer one party over the other, you should vote as your say can make a difference. 

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