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Register to vote

It is quick and easy to register online. Please have your National Insurance number to hand.

Register to vote

If you are not on the electoral register you cannot vote. Not even if you are registered to pay council tax as this is an entirely separate process. Not being registered can also affect your credit rating.

Registration deadlines

You can register to vote or apply for a postal or proxy vote at any time. However, when an election or referendum is pending, there are deadlines which will be published here when necessary. Please note that it is now too late to apply in time for the local elections on Thursday 5 May 2022.

Even if you have missed a deadline, we recommend registering so your details are correct for any future elections, and because it can help your credit status.

Voting by post or proxy

If you cannot make it to the polling station on election day you can:

  • Apply for a postal vote: your ballot paper will be posted to you to fill in and return. The deadline for us to receive an application for elections on Thursday 5 May 2022 was 5pm on Tuesday 19 April, so it is now too late to apply.
  • Apply for a proxy vote: A proxy application form will be made available here for specific elections. Please note that the deadline for us to receive an application for elections on Thursday 5 May 2022 was 5pm on Tuesday 26 April so has now passed, but you may be able to apply for an Emergency Proxy as explained below. If you wish to make a long term proxy appointment for health, employment or service reasons please contact Electoral Services for advice.

It is in your interest to apply as soon as you can. We must receive your emergency proxy vote application by 5pm on polling day. Please do not deliver your application to your polling station on polling day, as polling station staff cannot process emergency proxy vote applications.

The electoral register and your personal details

Using the information you provide, our registration officers keep two registers:

The electoral register

This lists the names and addresses of everyone who is registered to vote and is used for electoral purposes, and other limited purposes specified in law, such as detecting crime (e.g. fraud), calling people for Jury Service or checking credit applications.

The open register

This is an extract of the electoral register, but is not used for elections. It can be bought by any person, company or organisation to confirm name and address details. Your name and address will be included in the open register unless you ask for them to be removed. Removing your details from the open register does not affect your right to vote.

We use the information you give us to create a new electoral register each year which we publish in December. Any new residents added to your form still need to apply to register to vote and we will contact them.

Once you’ve registered to vote you don’t need to register again unless you change address. You should also inform us if any of your details change such as your name if you marry, or get divorced.

Not being registered to vote can impact on applications for mortgages or mobile phones, since credit reference agencies use the register to validate applications.

More information is available from the Electoral Commission.

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