Register to vote
Who is eligible to register to vote?
To be eligible to register to vote in England a person must be:
- Aged 17 or over (17 years olds and some 16 year olds may register to vote, but may not vote until they are 18)
- A British or qualifying Commonwealth citizen who has leave to enter and remain in the UK or does not require such leave. The definition of a commonwealth citizen includes citizens of British crown dependencies and British overseas territories.
- A citizen of the Republic of Ireland or other European Union (EU) member state can vote in UK local elections, elections to the Scottish parliament and Welsh and Northern Ireland assemblies (If they live in those areas) and some referendums but are not able to vote in UK parliamentary general elections. They can also vote in European elections by completing a separate application.
Register to vote
The way we all register to vote has changed. The system is now called ‘Individual Electoral Registration’ and instead of using a household form to register to vote, everyone will take individual responsibility for their own registration. The quickest and easiest way to register is online.
Registration can now be done online at www.gov.uk/register-to-vote - you will need the following in order to apply:
- Current and Previous Address
- Date of birth
- National Insurance Number
The details that you enter will be used to verify that the person making the application is who they say they are and will reduce the risk of fraud and inaccurate entries on the Electoral Register.
If you are unable to register online, you can request a paper registration form by phoning 01529 414155.
Alternatively, if you have your National Insurance number available when you call, we can complete the registration on your behalf.
Who is responsible for changing the system?
The system was introduced by the UK government through the Electoral Registration and Administration Act 2013 which became law on 31 January 2013. Electoral Registration Officers are implementing the change.
Registering to vote:
- is required by law
- enables you to vote and have a say in local and national matters
- helps with credit applications (e.g. loans, mortgages etc)
Remember to keep your details updated - it will help to keep your credit history accurate. The electoral register can never be back-dated.
If your application is valid and not subject to any objections we will write to tell you when you will be added to the electoral register. However, there may be some cases where we need more information and we will contact you if this is required.
If you have changed your name you will need to update your details on the electoral register