Register to vote

You can register to vote at the Gov.uk website if you are over 16 - you should do this well in advance of an election. If you change your name or move house you will have to register again.

Postal vote

After you register, you can apply for a postal vote. This is useful if voting at your local polling station is not convenient for you. You should apply at least 11 days before an election.

Proxy vote

After you register, you can apply for a proxy vote. This is useful if you cannot get to your polling station because you fall ill or are abroad.

Students

Students can register at home or in the place they are at college or university. However, they can only vote once.

Electoral register

Once you register to vote, you are added to the electoral register. There are two versions:

  • the full register - this is used for elections, law enforcement and by credit reference agencies
  • the open register - businesses and charities can contact us to purchase a copy to confirm name and address details

Contact us to exclude your details from the open register.

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