You can only vote in elections if your name is on the register.
You can only register if you are a British, Irish, Qualifying Commonwealth or European Union citizen. Registering for other services or paying Council Tax does not register you to vote.
How do I register to Vote?
Registering to vote is straightforward and you can register to vote online.
- Go to www.gov.uk/register-to-vote
- Fill in your name, address, date of birth and a few other details. You'll also need your National Insurance number, which can be found on your National Insurance card, or in official paperwork such as payslips, or letters about benefits or tax credits.
- Once your details have been checked, we will send you a letter to confirm you have been added to the register of electors.
You can also contact Electoral Services by email: firstname.lastname@example.org or by telephone on 01707 357300 to request an application form.
Rolling registration update information
We can make changes to the register between January and September. We will update the 2018/2019 register as follows:
2018/2019 Rolling Registration Timetable
|Last date for applications||Date register of electors is updated|
|Tuesday 11 December 2018||Wednesday 2 January 2019|
|Thursday 10 January 2019||Friday 1 February 2019|
|Thursday 7 February 2019||Friday 1 March 2019|
|Friday 8 March 2019||Monday 1 April 2019|
|Tuesday 9 April 2019||Wednesday 1 May 2019|
|Friday 10 May 2019||Monday 3 June 2019|
|Friday 7 June 2019||Monday 1 July 2019|
|Wednesday 10 July 2019||Thursday 1 August 2019|
|Friday 9 August 2019||Monday 2 September 2019|
The two versions of the register of electors
The electoral register
The electoral register lists the names and addresses of everyone who is registered to vote in public elections. The register is used for electoral purposes, such as making sure only eligible people can vote. It is also used for other limited purposes specified in law, such as:
- Detecting crime (e.g. fraud)
- Calling people for jury service
- Checking credit applications.
The open register
The open register is an extract of the electoral register, but is not used for elections. It can be bought by any person, company or organisation. For example, it is used by businesses and charities to confirm name and address details. Your name and address will be included in the open register unless you ask for them to be removed. Removing your details from the open register does not affect your right to vote.
You can find out more information about both registers and how they may be used at www.gov.uk/register-to-vote.
The way we all register to vote
The system of individual registration started in June 2014. One person used to be able to register everyone who lived at their address, but now every person must register themselves individually.
For more details on the changes to the electoral registration system go to www.gov.uk/yourvotematters.