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Register to vote

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, please contact us for an application form, details at foot of webpage.

Service Voters/British Citizen living overseas

You can also register online as a service voter or as a British Citizen living overseas. Before registering Please visit: your vote matters website.

Students studying away from home

Students are entitled to register at both their home and their university address. For more information please:

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.

For further general information about registering to vote, please visit the:

Ways you can vote

Voting by post

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:

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.

Voting by Proxy

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.

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.

Please see the Your "Vote Matters Website" for an application.

For further advice on electoral registration and postal or proxy voting, or to request a application form to be sent to you, please contact the Elections Team.