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General Election 2019 timetable

A general election was held on 12 December 2019. This is the timetable of events up to and after the date of the election.


Wednesday 6 November - dissolution of Parliament

Dissolution is the official term for the end of a Parliament. It took place at 00.01am on Wednesday 6 November.

Instructions, known as writs, were issued for elections to take place in the UK's 650 constituencies.

Following dissolution, the date for the return of Parliament was announced as 17 December 2019.

Thursday 14 November - deadline for the delivery of nomination papers

Candidates intending to stand as MPs needed to hand in nomination papers by 4pm.

Candidates who wanted to withdraw their nominations had to do so by 4pm. 

Tuesday 26 November - voter registration deadline 

To vote in the 2019 General Election you needed to be registered to vote by midnight on 26 November 2019.

Tuesday 26 November - deadline for postal vote applications

There are many ways to vote. The deadline for a new postal or postal proxy vote and any changes to existing postal votes had to be in by 5pm. 

Wednesday 4 December - deadline for proxy vote applications

Deadline for applying for a new proxy vote (except for emergency proxies) was 5pm.

Thursday 12 December - polling day

Polling booths were open between 7am and 10pm. 

Counting of votes began when the polls closed.

Tuesday 17 December - Parliament returned for the election of the Speaker

Election of the Speaker of the House of Commons. 

The Speaker is elected (or re-elected) on the first day that the House meets after the General Election.

MPs and members of the House of Lords swear the oath of allegiance or make an solemn affirmation.

Thursday 19 December - State Opening of Parliament

The State Opening marks the formal start of the parliamentary year. The Queen's Speech sets out the government’s proposed policies and legislation for the coming session.