Voting and 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 www.gov.uk/register-to-vote
- 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?
- 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.
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
How do I register under the new electoral registration
- Go to www.gov.uk/register-to-vote
- 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.
- Look out for a confirmation to say you're registered.
Can anyone register to vote?
You have to be: