Register to vote

Your guide to the Electoral Registration process including online registration, postal voting, and proxy voting plus an explanation of the voting process.

To vote in elections you must be registered on the Register of Electors for where you live.

The way we register to vote changed in 2014 - the new system is called ‘Individual Electoral Registration’. Under the old system the ‘head of every household’ could register everyone who lived at their address.

Now, everyone is responsible for registering themselves. You will need to provide extra details to register including your national insurance number and date of birth. This makes the electoral register much more secure.

Remember, you are only entitled to vote if your name is included in the electoral register for your area.

Please note, if you're already registered to vote you do not need to re-register. It is only if you have moved house since you last voted that you will need to re-register. If you are not registered to vote, you will need to register by Monday 22 May in order to vote at the General Election on 8 June.

To register you must be:

  • aged 18 or over (but you can apply to register from age 16)
  • a British citizen, citizen of the Republic of Ireland, citizen of another European Union country or a qualifying Commonwealth citizen
  • resident in the area
  • read more about individual electoral registration

More information:

How to vote

There are three ways:

1. Voting in person at a polling station:

  • if you are registered to vote, a poll card will be sent to you stating where you should vote, and when the polling station will be open
  • if don't receive a polling card, don't worry - you can still vote
  • to find out which polling station you need to go to contact the Electoral Services department
  • more about voting in person

2. Postal voting:

  • any voter can decide to vote by post instead of voting at the polling station
  • complete the application form below and return to the address supplied on the form
  • the deadline for applications is 11 working days before an election
  • more about postal voting
Postal vote application form
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3. Proxy voting

  • under certain circumstances you can appoint someone to vote on your behalf
  • you will normally need to provide evidence of your entitlement for a proxy vote
  • more about proxy voting

For further information, please contact us: 

Last updated: 19 May 2017 16:14:58