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Register to vote

How to register to vote in local and national elections.

Last updated: 28 September 2021

Registering to vote has never been easier.

You can register to vote if you are aged 16 or over and if you are a British citizen, or a European Union citizen, or a Commonwealth citizen who has, or does not require, leave to remain in the UK.

Electoral registration applications are made individually and you will be asked to provide your date of birth and National Insurance Number if you have one. These details will be used to verify your identity.

Register to vote online

Being registered with the council for other services and paying council tax will not automatically include you on the electoral register. You have to make a separate application to register to vote.

Privacy notice

To verify your identity, the data you provide will be processed by the Individual Electoral Registration Digital Service managed by the Cabinet Office.

As part of this process your data will be shared with the Department of Work and Pensions and the Cabinet Office suppliers that are data processors for the Individual Electoral Registration Digital Service. Find out more at GOV.UK

Special circumstances

For those who are living overseas, crown servants or diplomats and their dependents, homeless people and voluntary patients in mental health hospitals, there are special registration arrangements. Please seek further advice from our Electoral Services.

Anonymous registration

You can apply to be registered anonymously if you believe that being on the register of electors could affect your safety.

If you believe this to be the case please contact Electoral Services to receive further information and confidential guidance.

Opting out of the open register

You can opt out of the open register – the version of the electoral register that’s available to anyone who wants to buy a copy. To opt out, please call or email Electoral Services. Opting out doesn’t affect your right to vote.