Register to vote
Important changes are coming for the May 2023 local elections
All residents voting in person at the May 2023 elections will be required to show an acceptable form of ID to be able to vote. This does not affect postal voting. Find out more here.
If you are not on the electoral register or you have recently moved and you haven't registered you cannot vote, even if you are registered to pay council tax (this is an entirely separate process). Not being registered can also affect your credit rating.
Apply to register online
This is the simplest and fastest way to register.Register to vote
Please note that applications are individual and you will need to include your national insurance number and date of birth as part of your application. If you cannot provide them, please state the reason why.
Your application will be acknowledged and if your application is successful we will tell you when you will be added to the register.
If you cannot make an online application, email email@example.com for an application form or call 01594 812638.
Ways to vote
You can vote in person at the polling station. You will be sent a poll card just before an election telling you where your polling station is.
Anyone who is registered to vote can ask for a postal vote. Then your ballot paper will be posted to you to fill in and return.Apply to vote by post
Applications may be made at any time, but must be received no later than 5pm on the 11th working day before a particular election day.
It is possible to let someone else vote for you. This is called a "proxy vote". The person you choose must vote for the candidate you want.Apply to vote by proxy
When you apply you must give a reason for needing a proxy vote, for example because of holiday or work reasons. Applications must be received by 5pm on the sixth working day before a particular election day.
Medical and employment emergencies and proxy votes
Applications for a proxy vote on the grounds of a medical emergency or for work reason can be made up until 5pm on polling day, provided the reason arose after the ordinary deadline for applying to appoint a proxy.
- Emergency proxy application for voters that have had an medical emergency
- Emergency proxy application for voters who cannot vote in person due to work commitments
- Emergency proxy application for covid-19 reasons
For further advice on electoral registration and postal or proxy voting, or to request a application form to be sent to you, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 01594 812638.
Service voters and British Citizens living overseas
You can also register online as a service voter or as a British Citizen living overseas. More information is available on the electoral commission website.
Students studying away from home
Students are entitled to register at both their home and their university address. Find out more on the student section of the electoral commission website.
Your personal details
The Electoral Registration Officer keeps two registers, the electoral register and the open register (also known as the edited register). When you register, you will be asked if you want to be included or excluded from the open register.
The electoral register
This 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
This 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.
General information about registering to vote:
- Visit the electoral commission website
- Call 01594 812638