Don’t miss your opportunity to vote in elections – make sure you are registered.
Registering is required by law. You may find it difficult to get credit loans, phone contracts, a mortgage or bank account if you are not on the electoral register, as this is used by credit reference agencies.
You are eligible to register to vote in elections if you are:
If you are a citizen from an EU country, you can vote in some but not all types of election. See which elections you are eligible to vote in(pdf, 387KB) or visit the Electoral Commission for more information.
Individual Electoral Registration (IER) was introduced nationally from 10 June 2014. This has enabled online registration, making registering to vote easier and more convenient.
If you’ve recently moved to the borough, or have not received a confirmation letter, you must register to vote. The easiest way is to register to vote online. You can also download a registration form or contact us and we will send you a form.
We can provide information about registration in different formats, such as large print or a community language.
You will be asked for your National Insurance (NI) number when you register. You can find this on your NI card, employee payslip or correspondence from HMRC. GOV.UK can help you find your NI number if you have problems tracking it down.
Specific rules apply if you are:
The registration form will ask if you wish to be included in the open register, which is an extract of the full electoral register that can be bought by any person, company or organisation. Read more about the open register to help you decide.
You can also apply for anonymous registration if your safety would be at risk from your name and address being included in the Electoral Register.
Under the Individual Electoral Registration system, completed applications must be verified against other records.
If your details match, you will be sent a confirmation letter and be included in the register when it is next published according to the statutory timetable.
If your details do not match, we will ask you to provide photo ID documentary evidence such as a copy of your passport or driving licence, in order to verify your application. This may delay your registration, even if you applied before the monthly deadline.
|Applications received by||Will be published on|
|Wednesday 22 November 2017||Friday 1 December 2017|
|Tuesday 19 December 2017||Tuesday 2 January 2018|
|Thursday 18 January 2018||Thursday 1 February 2018|
|Thursday 15 February 2018||Thursday 1 March 2018|
|Tuesday 20 March 2018||Tuesday 3 April 2018|
|Tuesday 17 April 2018||Tuesday 1 May 2018|
When you registered, you were asked whether you wanted your details to be listed on the open register, which is available for companies to buy.
You can change your preference at any time.
Most people vote in person at their local polling station. If you will be away on the date of the next election, would prefer not to vote in person or are unable to, you can apply for a postal vote or a proxy vote.
If you're moving home, please register your new address.
If you have changed your name, for example due to marriage or divorce, or your name is spelt incorrectly, please tell us your correct name.
We will contact you each year to check your details are still up to date as part of the Annual Registration Canvass. Please follow any instructions to ensure you stay registered.
We may also send out letters to your property as part of our confirmation of voter registration process.
Updated: 30 April 2018