General Election - Make sure you vote
8th June has always been an important date this year as it marks the first day of Isle Of Wight Festival. But now there's another important event happening. Our PM Theresa May has called for a General Election to take place on the 8th June. So here is all you need to know on how to vote before you set off to the festival.
Can anyone vote?
Basically, if you're aged 18 or over on election day, registered to vote and a British citizen you can vote.
I turn 18 just before Isle Of Wight Festival, so, how do I register to vote?
Registration is open throughout the year, although there will be a deadline for registering to vote at this general election once the date has officially been confirmed by Parliament. People in England, Wales and Scotland can register to vote online, or download the forms to register by post, from the government's website.
I'll be on my way to the festival on 8th June. How can I still vote?
You have two options, By Post or By Proxy (getting someone else to vote for you).
By Post sounds good, how does it work?
You must apply for a postal vote. Anyone can apply and you don't need to give a reason. However, you must apply in advance, at least 11 working days before you head to the festival (May 24)
How does By Proxy work?
You can ask anyone to act as your proxy, as long as they're registered to vote. You must apply for a proxy vote AND give your reason why you're applying for a proxy vote. You'll need to apply at least 6 working days before you head to the festival.
So, festivalgoers, whichever way you choose to vote, just make sure you do...please!