Registering to Vote

Electoral Registration

In order to vote your name must be included on the electoral register or 'register of electors'. Check you are registered to vote by contacting Electoral Services.

The electoral register is not available to be viewed online.

If your name is not on the electoral register or you have recently moved house, then to register you will need to complete a rolling registration form, more information is available on the aboutmyvote website.

There are two versions of the Register:

  1. The full Register has the names and addresses of everyone registered to vote and is updated every month. Anyone can look at it but copies can only be supplied for certain purposes, such as elections and law enforcement. Credit reference agencies are also allowed to use the full Register but only to check your name and address if you are applying for credit and to help stop ‘money laundering’. You do not have a choice about your name and address being on this Register.
  2. The edited Register is available for general sale and can be used for any purpose. You can choose not to be on it. The edited register is kept separate from the full Register.

Postal voting

If you need to vote by post you will be required to complete a postal vote application. For an application form please phone the Elections helpline on 0300 123 5016 or email electoral information.

Completed postal vote applications must be received in the Electoral Services Office by Wednesday 7 May 2014 if they are to be effective for the election on 22 May 2014.

Do I have to register to get credit?

Failing to register may also affect your ability to get credit and banks, building societies, mobile phone and catalogue companies usually check the register before giving you credit. This is because the electoral register is often used for credit referencing purposes to counteract fraud.

How can I check I am on the Register?

The full register is available for inspection, for more information please email electoral information or phone the Elections helpline on 0300 123 5016.

The electoral register is not available to be viewed online.

Can anyone register to vote?

You have to be:

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