Register to vote

You can register to vote at the 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 can register at home or in the place they are at college or university.

If your home and university addresses are in two different local authority areas, you can vote in local elections in both areas.

However, even if you are registered in two areas you can only vote in one at a general election.

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.

Viewing the electoral register

To view the register, you will need to go to the Civic Offices and take a ticket for a 10 minute appointment. This service is available Tuesday to Friday, 9am to 5pm. You will need to know the person’s address as you cannot search the register by name. Hand-written notes may be taken but no copies of the register can be taken. If you need longer to view the register you will need to contact the Electoral Services team on or 0118 937 3717. Historic records can be viewed at Berkshire Records Office.