Bolton residents wishing to vote are being urged to register ahead of the deadline later this month.

People must register by completing an online form ( by midnight on Tuesday, June 18, to have a say on July 4's General Election.

The process takes around five minutes to complete.

Once registered voters can cast their ballots in multiple ways, in person, by post, or by appointing a trusted proxy.

Postal vote applications should be made by 5pm on Wednesday, June 19 while proxy applications are due by 5pm on Wednesday, June 26.

All voters in the upcoming general election will be required to present photo ID at polling stations.

Valid IDs include a passport, provisional or full driving license, and some concessionary travel passes such as an older person's bus pass.

IDs can be current or expired as long as the photo still resembles the holder.

For those who have no corresponding photo documentation, there is an option to apply for a free Voter Authority Certificate.

Additional ID-related details are provided on

Sue Johnson, the council's chief executive and returning officer for the election, said: "It is important that everyone in Bolton who wants to have their say in this general election is able to do so.

"I urge everyone to check they are registered to vote, to ensure they have the required form of ID and to make sure they are election ready.

"This is the first general election where voter ID will be needed, so I would also ask everyone to check that friends, family, and neighbours are aware of the new requirements.

"If you are not able to vote in person on the day, be sure to apply for a postal or proxy vote before the deadlines so you don't miss out."