The deadline for proxy vote applications is rapidly approaching - but you've still got a few hours left.

The General Election 2019 takes place on Thursday December 12, only the second General Election to take place during December in the last 100 years.

Polling stations will be open from 7am until 10pm, but for those voters who are not able to make it to the polling station there are - or at least have been - a number of other options.

The deadline to register to vote was midnight on Tuesday November 26, along with the deadline to register for a postal vote. Postal votes must reach your Electoral Office by 10pm on December 12.

When is the proxy vote deadline?

The General Election proxy vote deadline is Wednesday December 4 at 5pm.

If you are unable to vote in person on polling day, a proxy vote allows you to ask someone to vote on your behalf.

A proxy vote could be helpful if you are away on the day of the election, if you have a medical issue or disability or you are unavailable due to work commitments.

How do I apply for a proxy vote?

If you want to apply for a proxy vote, or if you are registered to vote and have not received your poll card (anyone who is included on the electoral register should have now received their poll card), you should contact Durham County Council's electoral services team on 03000 261212 or email as soon as possible.