Register to vote

In order to vote in an election you need to be on the electoral register.

Individuals are responsible for registering themselves instead of one person representing a whole household, as was previously the case.

Who is eligible to register?

  • You have to be 18 or over and a resident in the electoral area
  • You must be a British, Irish or qualifying Commonwealth citizen, or a citizen of a European Union country.

Find more about who can vote

Why should I register?

  • The information is required by law.
  • If you do not register you cannot exercise your democratic right to vote in any election.
  • If you are not listed on the register you may have difficulty applying for a loan, credit card, mortgage or bank account as the register is used by credit reference agencies.
  • The electoral register is used to appoint people for jury service.

Register to vote

Update the register for your property

More information

Find out about postal votes, including how to apply

Find out about proxy votes, including how to apply

Find out about the electoral register, including how to remove your name from the open register