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.

Registering online is quick and easy – please have your National Insurance number to hand.

Your application will be acknowledged and, if successful, we will tell you when you will be added to the register. 

Register to vote online - GOV.UK

Check if you're registered to vote

If you do not have internet access please call us for a paper form.

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, certain deadlines come into play. These will be published on this webpage.

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.

Service voters

If you are in the Armed Forces - or a spouse or partner of someone who is - you can register as a service voter or as a British Citizen living overseas:

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.
  • Apply for a proxy vote – you can nominate someone else to make your vote for you. Please contact us for more information
  • Apply for emergency proxy vote – if you have an emergency that means you can no longer go to the polling station in person eg medical or work reasons.

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 (eg. 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.

The annual electoral canvass

The annual canvass is carried out each year, starting in August but it is NOT a voter registration form.

We send a compulsory ‘household enquiry form’ to every property in West Oxfordshire to check the information we hold, and to find out who needs to be added to, or removed from, the Register of Electors. 

You need to confirm your details every year, even if they haven't changed.

Learn more about the annual canvass

Other useful websites

Contact us for more information

West Oxfordshire District Council
Elmfield
New Yatt Road
Witney
OX28 1PB