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.
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.