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Do I need to register to vote in the General Election? Which Gloucestershire constituency am I in?

Parliament has been officially dissolved after prime minister Boris Johnson visited The Queen at Buckingham Palace this morning.

So, it's all systems go for a General Election with campaigning now officially underway.

Britain will go to the polls on Thursday, December 12 to elect a new parliament and it is not too late to ensure you have the chance to have your say.

While today sees the first full day of campaigning and is also the day MPS elected in the 2017 election stop being able to use the letters after their name, it is not too late to register to vote.

Gloucestershire is split into six parliamentary constituencies - some of which are on different boundaries to your local authority.

The six parliamentary constituencies are (in alphabetical order):

Cheltenham
Forest of Dean
Gloucester
Stroud
Tewkesbury
The Cotswolds

To find out which constituency you vote in visit www.electoralcommission.org.uk/i-am-a/voter 

If you have received a polling card for any election at your current address you are already registered to vote.

But, if you have changed name, changed address or nationality in the recent months you will need to re-register to ensure you can vote in December.

Anyone over the age of 18 who isn't disqualified for any reason can vote as long as they are registered by midnight on Tuesday, November 26.

Visit: www.gov.uk/register-to-vote  to ensure you are registered.

Anyone wishing to register for a postal vote instead of attending a polling station on election day, must register their intention by 5pm on Tuesday, November 26.

There are no restrictions on who can apply for a postal vote and the form can be downloaded from here: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/apply-for-a-postal-vote

Anyone going on holiday in December or who will be out of the country on business can apply for a proxy vote by 5pm on Wednesday, December 4.

Polling stations will open at 7am on Thursday, December 12 and close at 10pm.

Polling cards showing where your allocated polling station is will be delivered to your registered address in advance of the election.

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