Register to Vote

Registering to vote means that you can vote in elections and referendums. The electoral register lists the names and addresses of everyone who is registered to vote.

You can apply online by visiting the Register to Vote page on the Government website. Anyone who is 16 or over and is a British citizen or an Irish, EU or Commonwealth citizen resident in the UK can register to vote.

Paying Council Tax or registration for our My Account service will not register you to vote. The electoral register is also used to call people for Jury Service, with evidence showing that fewer young people and people from ethnic minorities register to vote. This results in those groups being under-represented in the judicial system.

Please note:-

  • You cannot vote if you are not registered. It is a legal requirement to register to vote if you are asked to do so
  • When you move house you will need to register to vote using the link above to update the electoral register
  • You can register at two addresses, such as students for a term-time and home address. However, you can only vote once in any election. A separate registration for each address will need to be made

To find out if you are registered to vote contact our Electoral Services by filling in the contact form below.

Voting in an election

You will be sent a poll card before an election with information about the election and your polling station. You do not need to take the polling card with you to be able to vote but will make the process of voting easier.

If you are unable to get to your polling station on election day you may apply for a postal vote or proxy vote.

If you would like to request a postal application form please complete our online form below

Overseas voters

Any British citizen living overseas can be registered to vote in the UK in general elections, referendums and European elections for 15 years after they were last on the electoral register. Overseas voters are not allowed to vote in local or mayoral elections.

To ensure the register is more secure and resistant to threats of electoral fraud applicants need to confirm their identity by providing their date of birth and National Insurance Number. You can download the list of British Dependent Territories and European Union Citizens and Commonwealth Countries documents for more information.

Anonymous Registration

If you are concerned about your safety then there is a different process to register anonymously, more information is available on the anonymous registration link at the bottom of the page. 

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Last updated 7 November 2019
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