Voting and electoral registration

The open register

The open register is an extract of the electoral register but is not used for elections. Further details about the open register including how to opt out.

Electoral Registration

In order to vote your name must be included on the electoral register or 'register of electors'.

To find out if you are on the electoral register or for more information  email electoral information or phone Elections helpline 0300 123 5016.

The electoral register is not available to be viewed online.

The way we all register to vote has changed

The registration system changed in June 2014. The new system is called 'individual electoral registration'.

How is the new electoral registration system different?

  • You can now register online at
  • Everyone is responsible for registering themselves. Under the old system the 'head of every household' could register everyone who lived at their address.
  • You need to provide a few more details to register - including your national insurance number and date of birth. This makes the electoral register more secure

Will I need to do anything?

  1. A letter was sent at the end of July. Most people who are already registered to vote will have received a letter to inform them that they have registered automatically under the new system and do not need to do anything.
  2. Respond to the letter if you are asked to. Some people will have received a letter to tell them that they need to take action to join the new register. The notification will explain what you need to do.

How do I register under the new electoral registration system?

  1. Go to
  2. Fill in your name, address, date of birth and a few other details. You'll also need your national insurance number which can be found on your national insurance card or in official paperwork such as pay slips, or letters about benefits or tax credits.
  3. Look out for a confirmation to say you're registered.

Can anyone register to vote?

You have to be:

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