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:
- living overseas
- a member of the Armed Forces
- a spouse or civil partner of a member of the Armed Forces
- a person without a fixed address
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
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:
- preventing and detecting crime (e.g. fraud)
- checking credit applications
Candidates, registered political parties and other registered campaigners are also allowed to have copies of the full electoral register. They can use the register for campaigning activities, including sending election communication to voters.
The electoral register is updated every month from January to September.
The deadline dates for each monthly update are:
|Month||Deadline for registrations or changes|
|2 January 2020||11 December 2019|
|3 February 2020||10 January 2020|
|2 March 2020||7 February 2020|
|1 April 2020||10 March 2020|
|1 May 2020||7 April 2020|
|1 June 2020||7 May 2020|
|1 July 2020||9 June 2020|
|3 August 2020||10 July 2020|
|1 September 2020||10 August 2020|
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:
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.