Register to vote
You need to confirm your details every year, even if they haven't changed. This takes place from late August. Please see the annual electoral canvass page for more information.
If you are not on the electoral register 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.
There is a link from this page to the "Your Vote Matters" website, which contains very comprehensive information about how to register to vote and about how to apply for a postal or proxy vote.
Deadlines to register to vote
For a particular election or referendum, applications to register must be received by no later than midnight on the twelfth working day before the date of the poll.
Even if you have missed a deadline, we would recommend that you make an application to ensure your details are correct for any future elections, and because it can also be relevant to your credit status.
If you are unsure whether you are registered, please contact us.
Apply to register online
This is the simplest and fastest way to register. Please note that you also need to respond to the Household Enquiry Form, as explained on the annual electoral canvass page.
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Check if you're registered
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.
Other applications to register
If you cannot make an online application, please contact us for an application form - details at foot of webpage.
You can also register online as a service voter or as a British Citizen living overseas. Before registering as a service voter please visit the:
- the Your Vote Matters website
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.
For further information please contact us.
Medical and employment emergencies and proxy votes
Applications for a proxy vote on the grounds of a medical emergency or for work reasons 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 an application form to appoint a proxy, please contact the Elections team.
Your personal details - the electoral register
Using information received from the public, registration officers keep two registers – the electoral register and the open register (also known as the edited register).
The electoral register
The electoral register 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 (eg. fraud)
- calling people for Jury Service
- checking credit applications
The open register
The open register 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.
Please see also the Electoral Commission leaflet available as a file download from this page.
Further information and help
For further general information about registering to vote, please visit the:
For information about current changes to registration processes please visit the:
For all other enquiries please:
- fill in the general enquiry online form or
- call 01993 861410