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. It is a legal requirement to register to vote if you are asked to do so.

If you have moved, you will need to register to vote at your new address. Paying Council Tax will not automatically register you to vote.

You can apply online by visiting the Register to Vote page on the Government website.

Please note: Registration to vote in the 2024 General Election has closed.

If you require a paper form to register or need help or advice please get in touch with the Electoral Services team using the contact form below.

Please note:

  • You cannot vote if you are not registered
  • You can register at two addresses in certain circumstances, 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
  • Not being registered to vote can affect your credit score and affect your ability to get a mortgage


You need to be included on the register if you are:

  • 18 years old and over
  • British, Irish, European or qualifying Commonwealth citizen
  • 16 and 17-year-olds (although you will not be able to vote until you are 18 years old)
  • residing within Blaby District

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 it will make the process of voting easier.

Other ways of voting

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

For information on how to apply for an absent vote, please visit our dedicated postal voting page or proxy voting page.


Overseas Voters

British citizens living overseas can register to vote in UK Parliamentary elections, regardless of how long they have been outside the UK.

British citizens, which includes eligible Irish citizens and citizens of Crown Dependencies, may register as overseas voters if they are now living abroad, providing they:

  • were previously registered to vote in the UK, either before they left the UK or as an overseas voter; or
  • previously lived in the UK.

Overseas British citizens must apply to register as a voter using the address where they were last registered to vote in the UK or, if they have never been registered, the last address where they lived in the UK.

Overseas voters can apply to register in the same way as any other voter, using the Register to Vote button above.

Please note that it is essential that as an overseas voter, you also apply for a postal or proxy vote.

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. 

Am I already on the Electoral Register?

To find out if you are registered to vote, contact our Electoral Services team by filling in the contact us form at the bottom of the page.

Last updated 19 June 2024
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