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Home > Elections > Register to Vote

Register to Vote

In order to vote in local and national elections, you must be on the electoral register. Registering online is quick, easy and secure - don't lose your vote!

The Electoral Commission has information about voting.

It is important that you register as soon as possible when you move, or if you need to make changes to your details.

The date that we receive your application to join the register, decides the date we can legally add you to it. The register is updated monthly. There is also a cut-off date before each election.

If you are 16 or 17, you can register if you will be 18 within the lifetime of the current electoral register. You can vote as soon as you are 18.

You can register to vote if you are a British, Irish, Commonwealth or EU citizen. Most people can vote in:

  • district
  • parish/town
  • county
  • UK
  • European Parliament

elections, as well as referendums. 

Access full list of Commonwealth and European Union countries

You will need to fill in an application online and enter your name, address, DOB and your National Insurance (NI) number.

If you don't have your NI number or can't remember it, please find a lost NI number before applying. 

Alternatively, you will be asked to provide proof of identity through a photo ID, along with some other details. This may delay your application.

Once you submit your application online, your details will be sent to our office to be processed.

Apply to register to vote