Register to vote

You need to register to vote before you can vote in UK elections and referendums.

Paying council tax does not automatically put you on the electoral register. You still need to register to vote.

To register to vote, you need to:

  • be 16 years or over (but you will not be able to vote until you are 18)
  • be a British, Irish or qualifying Commonwealth citizen
  • be resident at an address in the UK (or a British citizen living abroad who has been registered to vote in the UK in the last 15 years)

You can register to vote on GOV.UK.

You can find out about the different types of elections and who can vote in them on Your Vote Matters.

You can still register to vote if you are:

You can also register to vote anonymously if you think that your name appearing on the electoral register could affect your safety.

If you have moved house or changed your name, you need to update your details on GOV.UK.

The Electoral Register

When you register to vote, you are added to the electoral register. We keep two registers - the electoral register and the open register.

The electoral register (full version)

Everyone's name and address goes on the full version of the electoral register. The full version of the register is only used for:

  • elections
  • preventing and detecting crime (e.g. fraud)
  • checking credit applications

The Electoral Register is updated every month from January to September.

The deadline dates for each monthly update are:


Deadline for registrations or amendments

2 January 2018

11 December 2017

1 February 2018

10 January 2018

1 March 2018

7 February 2018

3 April 2018

12 March 2018

26 April 2018 - election notice

17 April 2018

1 June 2018

10 May 2018

2 July 2018

8 June 2018

1 August 2018

10 July 2018

3 September 2018

10 August 2018


The open register (edited version)

This is an extract of the full version, but it is not used for elections. Anyone can buy a copy of this, and it's often used by businesses and charities to confirm name and address details.

Your name and address will automatically be added to the open register unless you opt out.

Opting out of the open register will not affect your right to vote.

You can opt out of the open register:

You can find more information about both registers on GOV.UK

Remove someone from the electoral register

If you need to remove someone from the electoral register because they have moved out of your property, you need to send us a signed letter.

The letter needs to include:

  • their full name
  • the address that they were registered to

If you need to remove someone from the electoral register because they have died, you need to contact us.

View the electoral register 

You can view the electoral register at the Civic Centre


Contact us

Electoral Services

Latton Bush Centre

Southern Way



CM18 7BL

Tel:  01279 446042