The way you register to vote changed in 2014 and everyone is now responsible for registering themselves to vote. If you have moved house recently and haven't re-registered, register to vote now.
- if you don't register, you can't vote!
- by law, you must register to vote or you could be fined up to £80
- if you are not on the register you may find it harder to get a loan, mortgage, finance agreement, or even a mobile phone contract as the register is used by credit reference agencies
- it gives you a say on who runs the country, who sits on your County, District and Parish Councils, and who represents you in Europe.
Who can register?
You can register to vote if you are:
- 16 or older (although you can't vote until you're 18)
- a British citizen; or
- an Irish, qualifying Commonwealth, or European Union citizen living in the UK
If you are student living away from home, you can register at both your home and university term time address. Registering to vote at your term time address means you can choose where you vote.
You can still register to vote if you have no fixed address. You will need something called a 'declaration of local connection' to show that you are connected to and spend time at a particular place. Please contact the Electoral Services Unit for more information.
How to register
Use the government online service to register to vote, or update your name or address. It takes less than 5 minutes and saves the Council money on printing and postage.
You will need your National Insurance number and date of birth. Your National Insurance number can be found on your National Insurance card or letter, or on official paper work such as payslips or letters about tax or benefits. If you cannot find your National Insurance number, visit https://www.gov.uk/lost-national-insurance-number
If you are unable to complete the application online, contact us on 01609 767130 for a paper form.
Everyone is responsible for registering themselves to vote and the only way to do it is by either going online or by completing a paper form. Electoral Registration is a completely separate process and you will not automatically be registered to vote by any other contact you have with the Council, such Council Tax or Housing Benefit.
When we receive your application, we have to check your identity against Department of Work and Pensions (DWP) and other records, so applying does not mean that you will be automatically registered. Once we have checked your details, you will receive a letter from us either confirming that you are registered, or asking you for more information.
The electoral register is only updated at certain times of the year - generally the first of every month, apart from in October and November. There are strict deadlines which mean that you can only be added to the register if we receive your application on time and we have all the information we need to process it.
For more information contact Electoral Services on 01609 767130 or firstname.lastname@example.org