Voting and electoral registration
Registering to vote - individual electoral registration
In order to vote at Elections or Referendums your name must be included on the electoral register or 'register of electors'. Each person must make an individual application to be included on the electoral register, which can be completed by paper form, by telephone to 0300 123 5016 or you can register online – you will need to provide certain personal details to register including your national insurance number and date of birth.
If you have changed your name or address please register online, telephone 0300 123 5016 or request a paper form by email to email@example.com you need to update these details as soon as possible so that the electoral register is kept up to date. Making a new application will update the existing details we hold.
The two types of register
The electoral register
The electoral register is the copy of the register used for voting, credit reference checking and Jury summoning, everyone is included in the electoral register.
The electoral register is not available to be viewed online, but is available for public inspection at council buildings in Cheshire East
The register can be viewed under supervision during office hours Monday to Friday.
The open register
The open register is an extract of the electoral register but is not used for elections; it can be sold onto any organisation or marketing company who purchase a copy, you can choose to remove your details from the open register.
Please email firstname.lastname@example.org, provide your name, address and a brief note to request removal from the open register. Further details about the open register including how to opt out.
The annual canvass – household enquiry form
Each year during the autumn months the council conducts the annual canvass. A form is sent to every property in the borough to confirm if the same residents are still living at the address or if there are other changes to make, such as removing someone’s details; updating information; adding a new elector or changing a name.
The annual canvass can be responded to in several ways. If the details on the form are correct and there are no amendments to be made, the details can be confirmed using the online service; Freephone; SMS or by returning the paper form.
If there are changes to be made to the printed details then the online service or returning the paper form are the options.
Anyone newly added to the annual canvass form will be sent an individual electoral registration form – see 'individual electoral registration'.
Anyone with a disability who requires help or assistance can contact the Election helpline on 0300 123 5016.
Registering to vote
To be included on the electoral register:
- you need to be over 16 years old to apply to register; 17 year olds will appear on the electoral register with their date of birth to indicate the date they are entitled to vote, you must be eighteen years or over to vote.
- you must have a qualifying nationality; these are a British, Irish, Commonwealth or European Union citizen. For details of eligibility, see List of Commonwealth countries, British Overseas Territories, British Crown Dependencies and EU member states (PDF, 345KB)
- you must have been resident in the Borough within the last 15 years but are now living overseas
- you are a Member of HM Forces or their spouse
- you are a Crown servant employed outside the United Kingdom
Your personal data
We will only use the information you give us for electoral purposes, including carrying out statutory functions in connection with elections, referendums and electoral registration.
In order to carry out these statutory functions we will share your data with companies employed to process the data on our behalf.
We will look after personal information securely and we will comply with current Data protection Legislation.
We will not give personal information about you and the other people in your household to anyone else or another organisation unless we have to by law.
We are required by law to protect the public funds we administer. We may share information provided to us with other bodies responsible for auditing or administering public funds in order to prevent and detect fraud.
Further information about how the data is used is available the electoral register page.