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Register to vote

You must be included on the Electoral Register by law. If you are not on the register, you cannot vote. Being registered for Council Tax and/or benefits does not mean that you will automatically appear on the Register of Electors.

Check if you are registered to vote

Not sure if you are on the electoral roll? Use our online form to check.

Register to vote 

If you are not on the Electoral register you can register to vote online through the website:

Register now

To register you must be:

  • over 16 (but you cannot vote in an election until you are 18)
  • a British, Irish or EU citizen or a Commonwealth citizen who has permission to enter or stay in the UK, or who does not need permission.

Note: You will need to register to vote every time you move house. It usually takes about 5 minutes.

You will be prompted to fill in your:

  • name and address
  • date of birth
  • your national insurance number
  • your passport if you’re a British citizen living abroad

If you have any questions in regards to registration, please email

Voter ID

From May 2023 you will need to show an acceptable form of photo ID at your polling station to cast your vote. For more information please click here.

How to change your name on the electoral register

You can change your name on the electoral register, please contact us by email or by phone 01453 766321 to request a form.

Electoral Register

The electoral register has a list of names and addresses of everyone who is registered to vote. You are not automatically registered if you pay Council Tax, and since 2014, you need to register yourself. Registration Officers keep two registers – the electoral register and the open register for more information about these registers please click here.

Different ways to vote